Gallery gains some new Friends

Lyn and John Cochrane are all smiles after receiving an Australia Day Achievement Award for their efforts in helping to establish the new community gallery in Ballina.

Ballinas art and craft community has had a baton change in the wake of the recent opening of the towns new community art gallery.

Having achieved its aim to help establish the new community gallery in the old Ballina Council Chambers building, the Ballina Arts and Crafts Centre Incorporated (BACCI) has taken a step back to focus on other activities.

As a result, a new Friends of the Northern Rivers Community Gallery group has emerged to take over the volunteer work of assisting with gallery operations such as displaying artworks and acting as guides for visitors to the gallery.

BACCI president for the past five years, Lyn Cochrane, said that now the hard yards to build the gallery were behind them, members were free to concentrate on their own art forms with the opportunity of exhibiting in the gallery we all helped establish.

Friends groups have been very successful with their support in other locations, and Im sure this new group will be very successful too, she said.

Lyn and husband John received an Australia Day Achievement Award from Ballina mayor Phil Silver for their efforts over the past nine years in leading volunteers, organising fundraising and successful grant applications for the construction of the gallery.

For further information on the new Friends group, phone secretary Vivienne Sigley at the gallery on 6681 6167. The new gallery, at 44 Cherry Street, is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm.


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