TWO new arts projects will come to life in Leeton this year with one to showcase a late resident and the other a landscape-themed exhibition.
The Leeton Art Society is facilitating the projects after successfully gaining two Country Art Support Program (CASP) grants from the state government.
The first project is a video production called "The Penny Effect", which was developed by artist and nephew of Penny Paniz, Glenn Saddler.
It highlights the influence Ms Paniz - an accomplished artist and former art society member - had on the development of visual arts in Leeton.
This video will premiere at the annual Penny Paniz Acquisitive Arts Competition and Exhibition at Easter.
"Penny had a remarkable effect on artists in Leeton shire, as well as being an inaugural member of the art society, and founding chairman for Western Riverina Arts," society president Jacqui Herrmann said.
"It's been nearly a decade since her passing, however while her influence remains, many of our newer members, entrants, and visitors to the annual Penny Paniz exhibition, are unaware of (her) important contribution to the shire's cultural community."
The short video is a collection of her artworks, prize winners of the exhibition over the past seven years and a record of the memories of those who worked and created alongside Ms Paniz.
Ms Herrmann said it would be an important resource for the society and its members for many years to come and was looking forward to seeing the final product at the exhibition over the Easter long weekend.
The second project is a landscape-themed exhibition to be held in the region later in 2020.
Leeton's Jason Richardson, will be working with the society's members to collect representations of the Riverina's environment for an innovative show combining visual and audible art.
"After curating exhibitions in Narrandera and Griffith in recent years, I'm excited by the opportunity to develop a multi-media show with local artists in Leeton shire," Mr Richardson said.
"I appreciate the support of the Leeton Art Society in developing this proposal and look forward to working with them to prepare a stimulating exhibition that will bring together a variety of media."
The exhibition, titled "Our Riverina", will be shown in Leeton during October and Griffith during early 2021, with dates in Narrandera to be confirmed at a later time.
The society's projects are supported by Create NSW's CASP initiative, which is a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and Western Riverina Arts on behalf of the state government.