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May 13, 2021

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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

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Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine. 

Deep listening and housing ideas under Mullum’s fig trees for Renew Fest

Around a hundred presenters, musicians, other artists and community activators plus a bumper crowd of punters all came together under the fig trees at the Mullumbimby Showground over the weekend for Renew Fest 2021.

Police chase ends in head-on car and truck crash

Police have declared a critical incident investigation after a car chase in Ballina ended in a crash Friday night.

Echo turns 35 and You are invited!

This year The Echo turns 35, and to celebrate this momentous anniversary they are putting on The Echo Community Awards – and everyone is invited!

Upside down river

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‘Natural’ cruelty

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Verity Nunan’s exhibition Watermelon Wonderland is a playful exploration of the female form expressed in irrepressible colour with liberated lines evoking the primitive and joyous nature of the female form.

What’s your process for working up a piece from concept to finished? Is it hard to walk away and go that’s it, you’re done?

My concepts change a lot. A lot of my work involves real women exposed in an abstract multicoloured universe. Sometimes they are me, sometimes they are not. Recently I have been using the events in my life as subject matter to paint these vivid figures. I like recreating these scenes and stripping them back to the core moment. I like trying to capture the feeling in a few lines. Less is best, keep it fresh and don’t think too much. I feel my way through my paintings. Everything is based on emotion and instinct. I try to depart from what is visually true but keep elements that make you feel.

What inspires you to create?

At the moment I like to re-create emotionally charged moments in my life that I have witnessed or been apart of. I did a painting called Gin not long ago. It’s a figure reaching for a bottle of empty gin. I love how dark the subject matter is but how the bright friendly colours take all the offence out of it.

Who are the artists or musicians who influence you most?

Ron Curran. He and Liz run a dynamic drawing class in Byron. He really opened my mind and showed me the absolute freedom art can offer. All the talented artists in my family, specifically Brian Nunan my grandpa, Australian landscape painter. His connection to country is incredibly deep and so admirable.

Verity’s work opens on Saturday at a pop-up art gallery across the road from Surfection on the industrial estate. Gallery opens from 4pm on Saturday with all-girl Byron rock band Galaxy Girls playing from 7pm. The gallery will be open again on Sunday 10am–4pm. There will be some drinks and nibbles flying around on the night; and don’t forget your dancing shoes – this is no ordinary art exhibition!

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