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Narooma Gallery presents: Audrey Jean Coxhill

A STITCH IN TIME is an exhibition of embroidery art by long time Mystery Bay resident Audrey Jean Coxhill. Running from Thursday 15 June to Sunday 25 June 2023 at the Narooma Gallery, Narooma, NSW Australia.

Audrey’s exhibition presents a sumptuous collection of handcrafted needlepoint. Each piece is carefully designed and drawn before she brings it to life with meticulous and colourful stitching.

Audrey Jean Coxhill is a textile and embroidery artist with a deep passion for history and ancient arts. She draws inspiration from ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, Celtic and Medieval arts.

A trip to Europe in 1986 was Audrey's initial inspiration. She has been stitching ever since, although rarely exhibits her work. Audrey, now in her 80’s has a flair for colour and design, as well as an extraordinary commitment to her craft. She has made hundreds of pieces including a 20 metre long replica of the Bayeux Tapestry.

Joanne Junor, a Professional Portrait Photographer, from Melbourne moved to Mystery Bay in 2021, and soon after joined a local craft group where she met Audrey. Amazed by the detail in her pieces, Joanne knew she had to capture Audrey and her work in a portrait. With Audrey’s agreement she carefully transported over a hundred pieces to her studio to create the set. In the final portrait, now printed and framed in Audrey’s living room, she sits like a queen surrounded by all her beautiful creations.

Joanne says of the portrait they made together “I knew we had created something special and, I realised it would mean a lot to Audrey if she could have an exhibition of her work, so I offered to help her achieve this. I believe her collection is unique and needs to be seen.”

The opening event will be a morning tea held at the Gallery on Thursday 15 June at 10:30am. Everyone is welcome to come along and help celebrate the work of this amazing woman.

A stitch in time by Audrey Jean Coxhill

Where: Narooma Gallery (formerly SoArt Gallery), 92 Campbell Street, Narooma

When: 15 - 25 June 2023

Open: daily 10am – 4pm


Opening event: Thursday 15 June, 10:30am

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