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May 14, 2021

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A hands up poll

Helena Norberg-Hodge and John Page, Byron Bay Hands up everyone who wants another high-end tourist resort in Byron: a place...

Other News

NewsCorp announces August revival of regional news print in QLD

Less than a week after the two major NewsCorp-owned outlets on the Northern Rivers lost their websites and redirected readers via The Daily Telegraph (TDT), sister publications in Queensland announced almost the opposite.

Water and the dam

Dr Roslyn Irwin, Caniaba An organisation called ‘Our Future NR’ is distributing and promoting information intended to put the Dunoon...

Locavores out and about

The sun is out, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful, and so is the barbeque… or picnic, at this...

Any questions?

‘This is a great chance for foodies to ask me anything they want’, says local chef Darren Robertson, who...

Ageism alive and well

Margaret Boshier, St Ives I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up...

Interview with Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival

Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival talks to The Echo.

Artist in focus

Melanie Tongmar 

Melanie Tongmar is a local abstract painter who uses her gift of astral travel to create artworks of a different time and place. ‘I am joking,’ she says, ‘but I have a strong imagination and like to paint the colours and shapes evoked when I pull an historical story from deep within our collective consciousness. My mind is very well travelled indeed.’ Mel’s artworks are somewhat cinematic with birds-eye views, a blend of abstract landscape and an intangible sense of place. ‘I don’t like things to be recognisable. I like the discomfort of having something where I and the viewer have to rely completely on emotion, or on intuitive understanding. Although I do have recognisable objects, they could be anything really, depending on your own story.’

Into The Deep is Mel’s first exhibition; expect to see stormy seas, distant shores, hidden treasures… all in abstract of course!

All welcome for drinks and nibbles on opening night, Friday 20 April 5.30–8pm. Into The Deep will run until 3 May at LAC (Lennox Arts Collective) Gallery in Lennox Head. See Mel’s work on the back page.

Instagram: meltongmar

It’s never too late

Well into retirement, with years of success in his hobby of sculpting in stone and clay, this 83-year-old decided it was time to paint, so he did. Pop into Clem’s Marketplace in Brunswick Heads to see the David Shaw Gallery. His fresh approach to painting in abstract offers many choices for lovers of contemporary art. You buy direct from the artist. Pop in before the exhibition pops out at end of April. Your opinion is important to him; be sure to comment in the visitor book, even if you don’t buy.

David Shaw Gallery, Clem’s Market Place, Cr Tweed Street/Slessor Lane, Brunswick Heads | 6685 1213.

BSA Weekend Workshops

Byron School of Art has an exciting and inspirational selection of weekend workshops beginning the last weekend of April. Students can expand their skills with cyanotypes, mokulito wood lithography, en plein air watercolour painting, monoprinting and transfers, experimental drawing and abstraction, or basketry. These popular workshops fill quickly. Visit the BSA website for more information and to join their mailing list.


Public sculpture in Mullum

Resurgent Creative Mullum, keepers of the Mullumbimby Sculpture Walk, are generating new projects.

Coming soon to transform the derelict barbecue on Brunswick Terrace, Mullum, is REVIVE sculpture.

SPIRIT OF CHINCOGAN, a new opportunity for sculptors to create a work for the sculpture walk, funded by Mullum Chamber of Commerce to the tune of $30,000.

INGENUITY is a community sculpture fest to be held in November while the town pulses with the Mullum Music Fest.

And a Public Art course in July at Byron Community College Mullum – for aspiring public artists.

Check www.mullumsculpturewalk.com.au for more info.

Join the Conversation…

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) is growing and we are seeking feedback on the future direction of the NRCG.

Your feedback will assist the NRCG and Ballina Shire Council to shape the future of arts and culture within the shire.

The NRCG is about to expand Gallery facilities to include Ignite Studios @ NRCG. This exciting new facility will provide a dynamic shared art space supporting the development and participation of artistic pursuits. Facilities include artist studios, a visiting artist-in-residence (AiR) studio and two access spaces for workshops, creative events, pop-up exhibitions, meetings and special projects.

Join the conversation on the future of arts and culture in our community by completing a short five-minute survey via the Gallery website www.nrcgballina.com.au

AN ARTISTS AFFAIR - Burlesque and Bare

Most artists long for the time and the space to immerse themselves in the pleasures of their art.

Follow Your Art presents AN ARTISTS AFFAIR, a unique opportunity to indulge in the pleasures of painting or drawing.

AN ARTISTS AFFAIR is essentially a weekend about life drawing. To draw the human figure, with its perfect imperfections, is a beautiful and wondrous experience for any practising artist.

Male and female models will be wearing burlesque-inspired costume intertwined with the more traditional life drawing, to evoke interest, texture, colour, and inspiration!


Numbers are limited. Bookings essential.

[email protected]ourart.net.au | www.followyourart.net.au

MAYDAY – MAYDAY – One hundred years ago today

One hundred years ago this week, around noon on Saturday 14 May 1921, the 2,000 tonne steamship Wollongbar ran aground on Belongil beach.

Development of the Belongil Spit

Jo Faith, Newtown I was gobsmacked when I read that the ‘Greens’ mayor’s parting gift was to aid privatisation of land at the Belongil Spit. Indeed, it...

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

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential