Behind the scenes of the fifth annual Goolwa Art and Photographic Exhibition

GOOD EYE: Coventry Laine Picture Framing's Ray Coventry is busy framing pieces for the upcoming Goolwa Art and Photographic Exhibition.

GOOD EYE: Coventry Laine Picture Framing's Ray Coventry is busy framing pieces for the upcoming Goolwa Art and Photographic Exhibition.

REGION – With the Goolwa Art and Photographic Exhibition (GAPE) less than a month away, local picture framer Ray Coventry has his hands full.

Ray is busy framing many stunning pieces for local artists and photographers, with GAPE open to the public from Saturday, April 8, to Sunday, April 23.

It is the fifth year of the event and it will again be held at Goolwa’s Signal Point Gallery.

The exhibition has reached its capacity of 750 entries, and many local artists use Ray’s business Coventry Laine Picture Framing to frame their art or photos.

Ray also volunteers with GAPE each year, examining the back of all pieces submitted to ensure they can be hung safely.

The 2017 exhibition has been extended from previous years to give artists and audiences longer to view the stunning array of art and photographic work. It will also coincide with Easter and Wooden Boat Festival weekends.

Ray taught himself how to build picture frames more than 30 years ago, so that he could hang the work of his wife and artist Carol Coventry.

He takes pride in seeing the final product up on the wall and is amazed at the amount of talent on the south coast.

“I like to go through and see the quality of the art, the quality of the framing and see what the judges pick as the winners,” Ray said.

“I am always interested to compare my work to others.

“I also like to see how the exhibition is laid out by Cheryl Anne Brown. That’s a huge job because 750 paintings come in and she’s got to sort them into categories.”

Ray runs his business from home and said hanging a picture is a fine art in itself.

“If I can’t hang it on my wall at home, I can’t hang it at an exhibition,” he said.

The exhibition will coincide with the Easter and Wooden Boat Festival weekends, and is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm daily.

For more visit www.goolwaexhibition.org.au/

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