Gallery Foundation marks first year in Irish style

THE Gallery Foundation will host a celebratory First Anniversary Dinner with an Irish twist at the Grafton Regional Gallery on Friday, March 24, from 6.30pm.

"It will be a gala Irish-themed occasion made more distinctive by its close proximity to St Patrick's Day," chairperson of the Gallery Foundation Kay Alden said.

"Thus we will have three Irishborn guest speakers: Armidalebased traveller Mary De Gabriele, Sydney artist David Egan and medical man, Dr John Palmer, already well known to the Clarence Valley,'' she said.

''We have called them Three Tellers of Tales."

Entertainment will be provided by musical group, Shanaway, which features an Irish tinwhistle and flute, as well as performances by the Karafinca School of Irish Dancing.

Shanaway members include local identities Rosemary Graves and Graham Jessup, who have lived and studied in Ireland.

"Food will be provided by Georgie's At the Gallery, and will be served in the main gallery after delicious wine and canapes in the gallery courtyard," Mrs Alden said.

"Dress is black tie or lounge with a touch of Irish green: a chance to be glamorous!"

The Gallery Foundation supports the ongoing development of the gallery and its status as a cultural, social and educational hub generating community pride and economic benefit.

Mrs Alden said: "The Foundation visualises our gallery acquiring important and relevant works of art and developing gallery spaces that will be a rich legacy for future generations of this beautiful and bountiful valley.

"We most warmly invite our community to attend this special occasion,'' she said.

The cost is $65 a ticket with bookings and payment to be made at the Grafton Regional Gallery on 66423177.

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