The Eighth Annual Grace Cruice Memorial Exhibition

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) Ballina launches an exciting new exhibition this month and welcomes community and visitors to join us in the Gallery.


The Eighth Annual Grace Cruice Memorial Exhibition features new 2D and 3D fine art works by members of Ballina Arts and Crafts Centre Inc. The exhibition showcases the diverse talents of the group which draws its members from all over the Northern Rivers region.

This exhibition celebrates the role played by early BACCI members in the establishment of the Northern Rivers Community Gallery and through this display, also hopes to encourage new members to join and share BACCI’s passion for creativity.

Exhibition opens Wednesday 6 June 2018 and continue until Sunday 1 July 2018. The official launch event is Thursday 7 June from 5.30pm – 7.30pm and all are welcome to attend.

Judy Oakenfull | Nature Portraits

Based in Murwillumbah, Judy Oakenfull sensitively interprets the unique natural beauty of her surroundings in her calm and organic acrylic paintings.

The wonderfully figurative but humble botanical forms she fashions, express a semblance to the mountains, subtropical flora and lush natural abundance of the Northern Rivers. Her current exhibition Nature Portraits runs until November 12 at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina.
"I moved from inner city Melbourne to the Northern Rivers about 10 years ago. My artwork is heavily influenced by my immediate environment so it underwent quite a transformation. Moving away from worn and weathered concrete, architectural surfaces and corners, it has slowly opened up to the wilderness of subtropical Northern Rivers. Lately my work seems to find its way into singular organic forms, sometimes islands, sometimes landscape, flora or other natural forms. It can also border on the figurative, purposely blurring boundaries, challenging dualities and hopefully emphasising connection and unity. The relationship between humans and nature has always been the most prominent theme in my work."

For more on Judy and her work, visit or @judyoakenfullart