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New collection of Elyard paintings updates ongoing exhibition

Shoalhaven City Council has hung an updated display of historic Samuel Elyard watercolour paintings within the Nowra Administration Building foyer after the ongoing success of the original exhibition.

Originally hung to coincide with the recent LGA Conference held at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Council decided to display a new range of Elyard’s works after an overwhelming response from the local community.

A prolific painter, photographer and sketcher Samuel Elyard’s (1817-1910) wide catalogue of works featured many of the Shoalhaven’s most iconic landscapes.

Elyard captured many historic local moments throughout his career including the construction of the original Nowra Bridge over the Shoalhaven River and erection of the Nowra School of Arts Building.

Many of Elyard’s other works focused on the area’s rich farmland, natural rainforest and historic 19thcentury Nowra streetscapes.

Shoalhaven City Council Arts Development Manager, Jill Farrar said she was very excited to see so many local residents coming in to Council’s Administration Building to view Elyard’s historic works.

“Through his works, Samuel Elyard captured the Shoalhaven of yesteryear while he indulged his passion for painting and photographing the local landscapes,” said Ms Farrar.

“Elyard is a highly regarded landscape painter and it is very exciting to see so many local residents viewing this amazing display of works.

“I would strongly encourage all local residents to come into Council’s Nowra Administration Building and view this updated exhibition of Elyard’s works.”

The Samuel Elyard watercolour paintings are on display in the Nowra Administration Building foyer until the end of November.


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