The Arts Oracle, February 21

Skate Park Art Installation.

Firstly, I would like to thank local artist Nitsua for his vibrant mural at the Lennox Head Skate Park. Nitsua bravely pitched his mural idea to Ballina Shire Council without having any set image in mind, instead trusting that a design would develop after listening to stories from our local youth. He fell in love with a story of a young lad who has developed a friendship with an octopus whilst surfing at Boulder Beach, which has been incorporated as a main element of his design. 

Visit his website at www.nitsua.com.au

What’s On

The Lennox Arts Collective

• Byron to Ballina by Sharon Tudor Smith

On exhibition from the 12 to 25 February

Sharon Tudor Smith shares her latest diverse collection of paintings inspired by nature and the sheer beauty of our local beaches. Sharon’s daily life embraces the magic of the coast we have at our doorstep. 

Sharon appears to use colour merely as a tool to highlight her sketching. Her soft colours serve to enhance her work so delicately that the viewer is not remotely distracted from her fine sketching and flamboyant lines. 

• Just Passing Through by Jill Trevillian

On Exhibition until 11 February

Jill’s work is abstract landscape paintings and ceramics inspired by her travels in France and Australia. Luscious and beautiful, this exhibition is definitely worth having a look at, and whilst there, why not treat yourself to one of her arty treasures.

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery

Northern Rivers Community Gallery is hosting four art exhibitions, which will be running until 7 March 2021. 

• The Tenth Annual Grace Cruice Memorial Exhibition by BACCI

Presented by the members of the Ballina Arts & Crafts Centre Incorporated (BACCI), this exhibition is a tribute to Grace Cruice and her vision showcasing the best works created by BACCI members. 

• Creatures of Leisure by Bonnie Larden

Bonnie finds inspiration for her work in two simple pleasures; nature and the comfort of home. 

• Impressions of Nature by Four Printmakers

An exhibition showcasing nature’s beauty and diversity in a variety of print media featuring four passionate printmakers: Susan Byrne, Sue Chakos, Rachel Dun and Peter Schardin. 

• Countenance by Jenny Sayer

Sayer’s portraiture practice challenges her to portray multilayered personalities, to uncover the camouflaged, and depict individuals and lives. Her local portrait subjects Dr Gregory Peel Smith and comedian Mandy Nolan, have both lived incredibly interesting lives and make great subjects.

Lismore Regional Gallery

• A Dickensian Sideshow by Karla Dickens

On exhibition until 21 February

This exhibition is a must see. Drawn from recent work created for the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art and the 22nd Biennale of Sydney. Karla cleverly uses found objects to retell stories and the result is the creation of a multifaceted memorial for bygone sideshow, circus and boxing-tent performers of Indigenous descent to unearth underlying narratives of tender and melancholy co-existence among performers and harrowing interactions with audiences.

• Emma Gardner by Wildish

On exhibition until 28 February 

• In my town and your town by Lucas Wright

6th of February until 28th of March 

• Sihotie, Nioge: new from old by Omie Tapa Art PNG

6 February until the 28 March 

Let’s make 2021 a creative one…

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