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With a rich history in the arts and a flourishing cultural scene, Orange NSW has become a major creative hub for the area. For a regional town, it has impressive arts facilities including museums, galleries, theatres and libraries, as well as smaller independent galleries.

A great starting point for visitors is the cultural precinct opposite Robertson Park, which takes up an entire city block. The magnificent new Orange Regional Museum, which also houses the excellent Orange Visitors Centre and a cafe, are some unmissable Orange attractions. The building was awarded the much-coveted Sulman Award for Architecture and houses a very well curated permanent exhibition detailing the history of Orange. The nearby Orange Regional Gallery offers an ever-changing program of contemporary exhibitions as well as an inspired program of art workshops for children.

A wealth of fascinating museums can also be found in Orange’s surrounding towns and villages. See 360 million year old fossils at Canowindra’s Age Of Fishes Museum, which was described by broadcaster Sir David Attenborough as ‘world class’. The Eugowra Bushranger Museum and Yeoval’s Banjo Patterson Museum are also well worth a visit.

Culturally, you will find no shortage of things to do in Orange, with the Orange Civic Theatre’s vibrant program featuring national dance, opera and theatre companies, stand-up comedy, local theatre productions and live music.

Melissa Barber Studio Gallery

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Melissa Barber is an independent artist based in Canowindra, New South Wales.

Her work is renown for its combination of the use of gold and silver, a detailed, jewell like quality and photographic realism. The union of the ornamental and the historical is a favourite theme, accompanied by the influence of Chinese, Japanese and Byzantine art.

Her work is now predominantly exhibited at her studio in Canowindra and occasionally with other commercial galleries with whom she collaborates. The studio welcomes visits of small groups strictly by appointment and when visiting the studio, enjoy tea and cake on the verandah whilst discussing life and art.

She opened her first gallery in Canowindra in 1999 featuring solely her own work and a second in 2015 which established a strong independent approach in bringing an audience to her work.

Her paintings are in collections throughout Australia and internationally.


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