Waves and Waterways
WHILE Marine Rescue Ballina is still waiting on Ministerial approval for the go-ahead for the planned new tower on North Wall, they're not waiting to get together the money to fit-out the building.
The second annual Waves and Waterways art and fine craft exhibition begins on January 13 at the Richmond Room behind Ballina library, and continues over the weekend, January 14 and 15.
Marine Rescue Ballina deputy commander Joan Hurley said all the money raised at the exhibition will go towards the $200,000 target for the new tower's fit-out.
There will be 52 artworks for sale, as well as craft.
Acclaimed Lennox Head artist Angus McDonald chose the artworks for the exhibition.
Ms Hurley said he was supposed to open the exhibition, but has been caught up in India and won't be back by Friday.
However, another Lennox Head artist, Lesley Ryan, will do the official proceedings.
Ms Hurley said Lesley, through her membership of Ballina Arts and Craft Centre Inc (BACCI), had been a long-time supporter of Marine Rescue Ballina.
Tickets to the gala opening night on Friday cost $10, and include nibbles and a drink.
It starts at 6pm.
Entry to the remainder of the exhibition is by gold coin donation.
Ballina Camera Club co-ordinator Mark Davis, who owns Ballina Art and Framing, has donated an infra-red photo on canvas for the first prize in a raffle to be held in conjunction with the exhibition.
Second prize is a cruise on Ballina's own Richmond Princess, while third prize is a four-hour tinnie hire from Ballina Boat Hire.
Tickets to the raffle are available from sellers outside the Ballina Motor Registry at West Ballina or at the exhibition.