An enthusiastic crowd braved a night of wild stormy weather to make an early appearance at the opening of El Mar Mi Alma, The Sea My Soul on Thursday March 11. Many were on the way to the Byron Bay International Film Festival, which was showing a fantastic program of surf films including a tantalising glimpse of the new surf film, El Mar Mi Alma, from which the exhibition took its name. It was a fantastic turnout with heaps of people commenting that they loved the diversity of the work on offer, from John Witzig’s classic surf photos dating back to the early 1960s, to Alberto Sanchez’s limited edition photography/painting montages, which proved to be the hit of the show, selling out within the first few days. Loads of visitors have been back to see the show several times over and it has also been great to see lots of new people who have visited the gallery for the first time. Thanks to our sponsors Stone and Wood, for your generous support of the opening, everyone was loving those beers! And to Ian Burrell, whose stunning work on the slide guitar created a fantastic ambiance.
Even the small people were fascinated by Ryan Haywood's totems
The crowd swirls around the room
Someone stands in front of legend surf photographer Dick Hoole's and Luke Taaffe's work.
Alberto Sanchez's hand painted photographs were the hits of the show.
Artist Norval Watson stands in front of Ryan Haywoods totems
Big smiles from Andy who owns the famous surfer coffee hangout The Top Shop
The cool gang Amelia Hallam, web star Kitty Delian, surfers Geoff Maguire and Benjamin Dorez
Michelle Dawson and friend look at works by Dave Homcy and Jeff Raglus
Alberto Sanchez and James McMillan pose for the camera while holding a camera...
Local musician Si and friend stand in front of Ian Bowers and Sean Davies artworks
A fantastic painting of a Ute with surf board by Victorian artist Ian Bowers
Coffee maker extraordinaire from the Top Shop Andy with mates, come to Retrospect Galleries to check out the show
Gallery goers enjoy the vintage limited edition prints from Paul Witzigs films..
Film Maker Stephen Jones and Kirra Pendergast with Retrospect Gallery Director Bree Delian
Even babies braced the rain to come to the opening
Local artist Shane Martin enjoys a wine at the show
Moody paintings from Ian Bowers
James McMillan's utopia-esque paintings in the background
Retrospect web assistant Kitty Delian talks to New Zealand surfer Geoff "Jiff" MacGuire
The new in front of the old- Everyone loved the photographs from the 60's by legend surf photographer John Witzig
An art lover in front of a wall of Sean Davies photographs