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January 28, 2021

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It’s legal to grow and distribute – but only by the anointed

Byron based medicinal cannabis producer is sending cannabis to Germany in a breakthrough $92m deal yet the humble plant remains illegal for locals and continues to put people behind bars.

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Interview with Phil Manning of Chain

Phil Manning picked up the guitar at 15. He’s been playing now for nearly 58 years. This year, Chain play the Byron Blues Festival.

Conspiracy and pubs

Art Burroughes, Mullumbimby Regarding my article Conspiracy in the Pub becomes talking point (Echo, 20 January). How can we avoid falling foul...

Learner charged after Bruns roundabout crash

A 16-year-old learner driver has been charged with a string of offences after a crash in Brunswick Heads on Tuesday night.

Cr Darlene Cook: more to Lismore City Council than roads, rates and rubbish

In the first of a series about those who are putting their hats in the ring to be the next mayor of Lismore, Cr Darlene Cook talks about the issues close to her heart, for the city at the heart of the Northern Rivers.

January 26 – a conflicting day for Australians

January 26. A conflicting date for many Australians. For some, this date reflects over 200 years of destruction and denigration of our traditional customs, values, languages, and cultural landscapes.

Freedom of speech

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia – Byron Bay  Great to see the deputy prime minister declaring his...

Noel Hart

GlassVaseNoel Hart has recently opened his studio in Mullumbimby to the public.

“I’ve been exhibiting extensively in the US and Europe over the last several years, and in the Bay in January 2014, where I hadn’t shown a large body of work in 20 years. With Helene Sheean, I set up a gallery space as part of my studio in Mullumbimby.  We spend a lot of time there and we’re happy to have visitors drop in for a look and a chat. All of the artworks I do in blown glass pass through there, and it’s where I paint.”

Noel Hart’s Gallery & Studio is located 1/8 Smith Street, Mullumbimby Industrial Estate, just seven minutes from Brunswick Heads, and 15 minutes from Byron Bay. Phone 0417 042 951 or visit the website at www.noelhart.com.DNA-Painting-glass

GregLagerlowGregLagerlow01Greg Lagerlow

A resident of the Byron Shire for 25 years, Greg was a translator of Asian poetry and artist working in pastels and watercolours. In his earlier years Greg spent years in Japan as an exchange student and went on to take an Honours degree in Asian Studies from the ANU. Besides painting Greg’s main interest was translating Chinese poetry from the Tang and Song periods.

His work reflects an underlying spirituality and a strong connection with nature. Greg died in December 2014 and a retrospective of his work will exhibited at Mullumbimby Community Art Gallery on the weekend of 17th and 18th January. All proceeds will go to On Track Community Services.

More information at medium.com/@ GregLagerlowRetrospective .


Lismore Regional Gallery

Resistant Obsolescence: Nothing is useless stemmed from an urge to give life to those things we move on from and throw away once their obvious use is lost. Works in the exhibition use repurposed and redundant technologies to examine the contemporary compulsion to consume the new.

They pull in materials from different periods of history, from horse powered farm equipment to rusted sawblades, turntables, floppy disks, cassette tapes, and miscellaneous objects such as piano keys, magnets, and light fittings from who knows exactly when.

Vitor Dos Santos’, I wish my house had legs, is a continuation of his loose, whimsical work reflecting experiences, surroundings, and his ongoing exploration of the nature and process of painting. In fact Dos Santos is careful to call these works drawings rather than paintings, shying away from the formality and labour that “Painting” can represent to an artist. For Dos Santos, drawing offers an immediacy through which he can let ideas and narratives emerge naturally. He explores imagery and composition, allowing space for his lyrical lines to direct and surprize him.

Drawing is a vehicle through which Dos Santos can elicit personality from the blank white surface that first faces him when he embarks on each piece. Phone 6622 2209.

Northern Rivers Community Gallery

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) launches the 2015 exhibition program this month with an exciting group of exhibitions. Artists Valerie Kerr, Sue Rado, Shani Miller and artist group Practising Artist Network (PAN), all from the northern rivers region, will be exhibiting from 7 January to 1 February 2015.

During February NRCG will celebrate World Wetlands Day with a month of arts, wetland photography, fishing, walking and art workshops. WetlandCare Australia presents the 8th Annual WetlandCare Photography Prize, Narani Henson creates intriguing works using marine plastics, and Mirra-Winni Gaze a collection of beautiful, natural fibre, woven works.

These exhibitions take photography, weaving and waste from our creeks and rivers to show us how people and the environment can interact in a positive way.

Phone 6681 6167 or visit www.ballina.nsw.gov.au/nrcg.

Tweed Regional Gallery

Two artists of the region are also on show at the gallery – Stone Samplers is on display until 15 February 2015. Landscape artist Karyn Fendley composes her paintings in the studio from samples and studies collected in the field. Her paintings re-create a microcosm of nature and are a reminder of the power and beauty of the natural world and our place in it. Inspired by the Asian traditions, Suvira McDonald’s ceramic sculptural forms are derived from his study of naturally occurring, characteristically shaped rocks. Often resembling mountainous formations or figures, McDonald’s works are mounted on ornately carved wooden bases.

The artist also emphasises the presence of quartz veins in the rocks, which he translates as waterfalls. The sculptures also reference threatened climate stability as borne out by the glacial and parched-earth imagery.

Bring your kids along to the Tweed Regional Gallery for some great holiday fun with experienced teachers. Make a colourful dream catcher, create a loom-and-yarn weaving or fabric screenprinting with non-toxic inks. Parents can enjoy the gallery and cafe while taking in the spectacular views. There are limited spaces. To book email [email protected] or call Kim on 0415 345 454.

Colin Heaney

Colin Heaney invites you to a special opportunity to shop his luxury resortwear collection at his Casa Blu showroom. Shop this year’s beautiful Jaisalmer collection, inspired by vibrant Indian desert dress. Chic pencil dresses and flowing maxi dresses have been a popular addition to the resortwear range. In the big year of growth for Colin Heaney and little-sister brand Liberated Heart, there are a great selection of samples and seconds on sale too.

Call 6685 7798 for details or vist the website at www.colinheaney.com.


Rail trail debate

Geoff Meers, Suffolk Park It was good to read David Lisle’s comprehensive and reasoned discussion of the history of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail corridor....

No respect

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock Once again it’s that time of the year where we are meant to celebrate Australia day on 26 January. The day...

A window of trust

Baden Offord, Ocean Shores Wholeheartedly agree with Dave Rastovich’s spot-on letter regarding the value and benefit of The Echo, that it is a ‘trusted window’ (Letters,...

Conspiracy and pubs

Art Burroughes, Mullumbimby Regarding my article Conspiracy in the Pub becomes talking point (Echo, 20 January). How can we avoid falling foul of the growing tsunami of...