Lismore turns out for a labour of love
IT was a fitting finale for a labour of love following a huge turn-out for the posthumous retrospective of Lismore identity, Tyren Laidlaw.
Gallery 33.3 on Keen St was packed to overflowing last Saturday night as friends, family and art lovers came to see the previously private collection of line drawing prints, paintings, sketches, photographs and memorabilia.
Curated by Tyren's partner, Shae Brown, and local artist Jackson Gooch, Beyond Reason celebrated the creative spirit of a woman who had touched the lives of so many members of the Lismore community.
Tyren died at her Lismore home in December last year following a two-year battle with cancer.
Proceeds from the exhibition will be gifted to Community Palliative Care for their support in enabling Tyren to spend her last days at home, while the original prints and proceeds from ongoing sales will be trusted to Tyren's children.
Ms Brown sent out a huge thank you this week to everyone who helped, supported and contributed to the exhibition, "making it the great night it was".
"I feel so intensely proud for Tyren, (she was) an amazing woman and a talented artist. I think we all honoured her last night," she said.
Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell described the evening as a wonderful tribute to a prominent member of the community and was herself moved to purchase a print for her own collection.
"It shows that often it's not until someone leaves us that we realise such aspects of lives kept almost private," she said. "Her artistic talent was on display for all to see and it was a joy to celebrate her life that way."