By LEIGH PRITCHARD
THE Grafton Regional Gallery's reputation as one of the best regional galleries in the state will be further enhanced by the launch of The Gallery Foundation.
Chairperson of the foundation Kay Alden said it was a significant development in the history of the gallery.
Mrs Alden said the foundation objectives would be to establish a corpus and use its income to develop the gallery's collection and facilities.
"We have created an incorporated company, the pur- pose of which is to support a very vibrant regional art gallery," she said. "I have directors from all over the Clarence Valley, chosen for their different strengths."
The directors are accountant Michael Armstrong, of Grafton; The Daily Examiner and Coastal Views editor Peter Ellem, of Wooloweyah; Lisa Dougherty, of Yamba; Elizabeth Fahey, of Copmanhurst; artist Pam Fysh, of Grafton; former Maclean Shire mayor Chris Gulaptis; Sue Ibbott, of Fineflower and and Grafton Regional Gallery Director Jude McBean.
Mrs Alden, who moved to Grafton 20 years ago, was chair of Armidale Decorative and Fine Arts Society and co-ordinator of the John Moorehead Literary competition.
The Gallery Foundation will be officially launched on March 4, at 6.30pm by Sir Bruce Watson, AC, chairman of the Queensland Art Gallery.
Special guests will be patrons of the gallery, artist Ken Done AM and Janet and Sam Cullen OA.
The function will be held at the gallery.