Coffs Harbour Regional Museum will be hosting a very special exhibition Created from a Dream: A Gift of Calligraphy from Friday April 6 – May 12, 2018.
The exhibition presents a very special community project – the exquisite handmade book The North Coast Regional Botanic Garden – Created from a Dream.
Made by the Coffs Calligraphers group in 2007 on the occasion of their 20th anniversary and presented as a gift to the city, this unique book recounts the transformation of the botanic garden from a night soil depot in the early 20th century to the stunning garden it is today.
This hand scribed and beautifully illustrated book is the culmination of the wealth of calligraphic creativity and remarkable talent of the members of the Coffs Calligraphers group who had a desire to produce something of value to commemorate the remarkable achievement of twenty years of continuous artistic expression.
Neil Scobie was commissioned to design and create the special display cabinet which permanently houses the manuscript.
“The Museum is thrilled to be able to display this magnificent work to the community. It not only recognises the accomplishment of the talented people who created the manuscript, but also the tremendous amount of work that went into creating the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden,” said Coffs Harbour City Council Gallery and Museum Curator Jo Besley.
Visitors have the opportunity after visiting the exhibition to take a short stroll along the Coffs Creek Walk to the North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens and see how the Botanic Garden has grown to what it is today.
The Coffs Harbour Regional Museum is opens Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm, entry is $5 and children under 16 are free.
Image: Page 35 of the handcrafted book The North Coast Regional Botanic Garden – Created from a Dream Scribe Lexie Arlington and Artist Lynn Arnold