Mark Davis, Broken Head, Infrared Photograph.
Mark Davis, Broken Head, Infrared Photograph. Contributed

Familiar scenes in a new light

THE third annual Grace Cruice Memorial Exhibition opens today at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery showing off new works from members of Ballina Arts and Craft Incorporated.

The exhibition is once again dedicated to Grace Cruice, the founder of BACCI back in 1998, and showcases the diverse talents of the group and celebrates their shared passion for creativity.

BACCI is a charitable organisation which was active in assisting the local community, local council and Arts Northern Rivers to raise funds and establish the Northern Rivers Community Gallery.

Today BACCI has 94 members in the region, 40 of which have artwork in the exhibition.

President of BACCI, Mary Richards, said the artworks are diverse in terms of the media used and the inspiration behind them.

The range of media includes painting, pastel, photography, wood work, ceramics, mosaics, beading and more.

Mrs Richards said BACCI's longevity and commitment to local creativity is something they are very proud of.

"We have four exhibitions each year and this is a benefit that our members really enjoy," she said.

"We are also very proud that we are somewhat unique in that we champion craft as well as the fine arts - this combination always makes for really diverse and interesting exhibitions."

Mrs Richards said the exhibition shows off a great cross-section of art types, styles and themes, providing something for everyone.

Local photographer Mark Davis joined BACCI in 2010.

"In 2010 I had my camera modified to capture infrared light, which is not visible to the human eye," he said.

"The resulting photographs allow me to capture local, familiar places in new and unfamiliar ways."

Entry to the exhibition is free and it runs Wednesday-Friday until August 11at The Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina.


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