Pub outlet for artists’ work
A GROUP of budding artists who meet every week at Banora Point have found a top spot in the heart of Murwillumbah to show off and market their paintings, while at the same time raising funds to boost public awareness of breast cancer and support women with the disease.
The Murwillumbah Hotel in the town’s main street has offered the walls of its Zest Restaurant for display of the artworks.
Publican Mark Wakefield said the walls were currently adorned with a display called Inspirations– a collection of paintings by a group of artists who meet every week at the Banora Point Community Centre.
The group’s tutor Heather Bell is a prominent acrylic and watercolour artist who specialises in traditional Australian scenes.
Her students paint in a variety of mediums and styles – with the work now on display in the Zest Restaurant at the Murwillumbah Hotel.
Ten per cent of any sales are to be donated to the McGrath Foundation. Anything for charity,” said Mr Wakefield.
“It’s one of those things where we are just trying to create interest.
“We change over the art every month or two months, and usually there’s a charity associated with it.
“The first exhibition was for juvenile diabetes research.
“When we get some new art in we try to create an event around it to show it off.”
The McGrath Foundation raises funds to raise awareness of breast cancer and provide specialist nurses to support women diagnosed with breast cancer.
It was founded in 2002 by Jane McGrath, wife of test cricketer Glenn, after her initial recovery from breast cancer before the disease claimed her life last year.
She was only 31 when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer, and just 42 when she passed away.
Recent research showed that two out of three Australian women took direct action as a result of hearing about Jane’s experiences with breast cancer and the work of the McGrath Foundation.
The decision to host the current art display to raise funds for the McGrath foundation coincided with the foundation’s Breast Cancer Awareness month during October.