AN exhibition of paintings to benefit Lismore cancer patients will continue out of office hours at the North Coast Cancer Institute in Hunter St, Lismore.
The sale of the paintings, donated by local artists, has successfully raised money for all the necessary but perhaps unforeseen expenses incurred by those undergoing treatment. Over the Christmas break sales have been steady, according to exhibition organiser Jim Hourigan.
"With the help of the Northern River Echo, and in particular editor Andy Parks, we had a reasonable opening to our art exhibition," he said this week.
"The holiday season and the scarcity of cash I'm sure put a stopper on further spending. But over the last three weeks things are much better and we have sold a good number of paintings.
"As we expected we have sold the majority of paintings to patients and hospital staff due mainly to the fact that we are open only during office hours.
"This will change as we are offering a service that will allow after hours viewing. This can be done simply by ringing myself on 6646 3090 or mobile 0427 363 261; or Richard Jux, oncology unit manager on 6629 4490 or mobile 0402 405 846 and the exhibition will be arranged for viewing after hours on week day's or on weekends."
Mr Hourigan said that sold paintings had been replaced and as a result the exhibition was changing almost daily.
"It is fair to say that almost 20% of the original paintings have been replaced," Mr Hourigan said.
"We are still looking for more paintings. New paintings may not immediately go on display but I will assure artists that at some stage they will go on display.
"It is important that those that have been touched by or treated for this dreadful problem consider the good that their kindness can do for others as well as themselves.
"I would like to offer my thanks to those that have made this venture a delightful experience for me and all those that have helped make this the success it has been."