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January 29, 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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Trusted window

Dave Rastovich, Broken Head As someone who happily does not participate in the woeful communicative medium of social media and...

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.

Fellow Second Peoples, the work of justice and reconciliation is ours

It’s not just up to Indigenous people to bear the load of communicating the truth of our history and seeking justice around this day.

Freedom of speech

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

Response to ‘A short history of our rail corridor debate’

Cr Basil Cameron, Goonengerry The article A short history of our rail corridor debate is better termed a history of the...

Two charged with assault in separate incidents

A man and a woman have been charged with assault after separate violent incidents last week, one in Byron Bay and one in Mullumbimby.

Artist in Focus – Rosie Jones

Rosie Jones
Rosie Jones

Brunswick Heads artist Rosie Jones isn’t afraid to change her colours. After making the giant career leap from working as a doctor in the small QLD country town of St George to practising as a visual artist in the Byron Shire, Rosie has become known over the last decade for her highly realistic portrait paintings. She was featured on the popular television series Colour in Your Life for her sensitive depiction in soft pastels of a young Aboriginal boy. The program has been viewed by thousands of people around the world.

A new time of change is currently unfolding for Rosie. Over the past two years she has studied at the Byron School of Art, which has a clear focus on contemporary arts practice, following the Artists Teaching Artists model. The excellent tuition and networking with fellow artists has encouraged Rosie to explore a process of working more from the imagination, inspiring expression of a different kind.

Rosie’s upcoming exhibition at Yami Café, Park St in Brunswick Heads, titled There Are Some Things I Can’t Explain features delicate abstracts in watercolour.

The series began with the painting titled The Complexity of Friendship as Rosie contemplated the variety of emotions experienced in the course of a relationship with a friend.

Other artworks are an expression of the challenges she faces when her husband Peter works away as an aerial firefighter. He has spent the last five weeks flying in Sumatra, Java and North Sulawesi, regions of Indonesia, putting out fires that have been illegally lit in the forests. Rosie and their four children keep the home fires burning until he returns.

The remaining paintings are a mix of colours and feelings, some of which can’t be explained.

The exhibition will be showing until Christmas.

More of Rosie’s work can be seen at her website www.rosiejoneseyes.com.


Karena Wynn-Moylan

Karena Wynn-Moylan is opening her studio for the weekend and inviting you to purchase art for a unique cause: She wants to use it to fund a radio documentary into why people don’t buy more art!

Beautiful oils and watercolours, mostly of the local area, framed and unframed work, sketches, books and prints.

Check her special website: www.studiosale.bravesites.com.

Tweed River Art Gallery

We are very excited to announce that this year, to coincide with the Archibald Prize 2015 Regional Tour, we are holding a Young Archie Competition at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah. Young artists between the ages of 13 and 18, residing in the Tweed, Lismore, Ballina, Byron and Kyogle shires, are invited to submit one portrait of a person who is special to them. The competition will be judged by local artists Tamsin Ainslie and Robyn Sweaney, and selected finalists will have their work displayed at the Gallery during the Archibald Prize 2015 Regional Tour over 15 January to 28 February 2016. Entries close 5pm 11 December 2015 so enter now at: http://artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au/PrizesAndAwards/YoungArchie.

All enquiries to [email protected]

Art sale/exhibition Stan Michaels

A short drive to the studio at 95 Blackbutt Lane, Broken Head, in a wildlife sanctuary (sorry, no pets).

View original glass sculptures, blown glass vessels, amazing bowls and platters – ideal for Christmas gifts and boutique homes. Add WOW factors with paintings and sculptures for inside and out.

Stan has mastered a broad range of artforms, including fused and slumped glass transformed into decorative and unique serving bowls and platters, blown-glass vessels and exquisite vases, paintings and kiln-fired sculptures in contemporary or traditional form.

Everything that he is displaying at this exhibition is for sale.

The sale/exhibition runs from Sat 14 Nov through to Sun 22 Nov.

6685 3741. 0400 872 235

Visionary artist showcase and marketplace

Enter the world of Australia’s visionary artists, coming together to bring you a day of creativity.

Entry is by donation of art supplies for the new Starscape Art Skool. Anything from a paintbrush to a whole tub of paint will be appreciated!

Featuring an outstanding gallery of all-Australian visionary artists; live art demonstration; guest speakers; soundscapes; creative mini-workshops ($15 including materials) and pop-up shops offering clothing, jewellery and art-prints. Delicious vegan food all day.

See more at bit.ly/starscape-arts. 11am–11pm at the Art Shed, Starseed Gardens. 103 Yagers Lane, Byron Bay

Jewellery Courses

Live your dream and learn how to create your own jewellery or advance your skills to the next level. Award-winning jeweller, Chris Gortz, shares his experience of over 40 years and brings out the best from absolute beginners to advanced jewellery makers.

All tuitions are strictly one-on-one. Classes run for a week (five days) and are individually tailored. They can include making your very first piece of jewellery to designing, including CAD, advanced jewellery techniques or gemstone setting. Residential classes available dates January 2016.

For further information, please contact Chris: [email protected],  phone: 66845225.

Lauren Jarrett, Baskets
Lauren Jarrett, Baskets

The Roxy Gallery

In honour of the late Aunty Patsy Nagas (nee Walker) the Guli Bal Living Culture Group has developed an exhibition entitled Common Threads – Items of Manufacture. This exhibition encapsulates the story behind the encounters between Aboriginal and early white settlers to this region, with particular focus on Mary Bundock who dwelled at Back Road Station, Wiangaree, and was a pioneering woman who worked alongside local Aboriginal women in keeping culture alive.

In 2015 the National Museum of Australia will be hosting an exhibition of objects from the British Museum. This Encounters project has seen representatives from the museum meet with people living in our region to learn about a number of these objects connected to this region to research two baskets in this collection that where bequeathed to the British Museum by Mary Bundock.

This exhibition has works by local fibre artists, painters and ceramicists.

Dates: 4 November–5 December 2015

Official Opening: Friday 6 November 6–8pm

Byron School of Art

Byron School of Art is currently taking enrolments for year-long courses in 2016. If you are interested, please contact us. During the summer break we will be offering many new exciting opportunities for creative people with a great selection of summer tasters, short courses and workshops. Subscribe on our website to receive our newsletter and keep in touch.

0487 362 141.


Lismore Regional Art Gallery

An exhibition of the 55 finalists of the 2015 Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize. This exhibition combines leading national portrait artists, emerging artists, and exceptional local talent.

The Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize is a biennial exhibition and continuation of the Northern Rivers Portrait Prize. The prize has now been expanded from the original brief of portraits of subjects from the northern rivers to include a portrait of any subject. Includes portraits by Archibald finalists Eolo Paul Bottaro, Anh Do, Paul S Miller, Paul Ryan, Mirra Whale and Lee Wise. Every portrait tells a story, revealing something of the relationship between artist and subject, whether this be their newborn child, brother, someone they admire, someone they love, someone they have loved and lost.


Thursday 12 November, 5–6pm, Lismore Regional Gallery

Southern Cross University staff, Lynda Hawryluk, Moya Costello and Kim Satchell, and students, Laura Tribble, Josephine Mooney and Lachlan Rutherford, read their auto/biographical portraits.

6622 2209. www.lismoregallery.org

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...