Program co-ordinator Lelli Brown (left) and festival director Dee Tipping attend to last minute arrangements for the FEHVA festival.
Program co-ordinator Lelli Brown (left) and festival director Dee Tipping attend to last minute arrangements for the FEHVA festival. The Northern Star

Art exhibition paints bright picture for future

ART lovers and artists can soon immerse themselves in an eight-day visual arts festival to help raise funds for a local drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre.

This year's FEHVA festival will be held from Saturday until June 1 at the Bangalow A&I Hall, with special events also staged at local venues in Byron Bay and Bangalow.

The festival was developed five years ago as a two-day event with the aim of raising money for The Buttery, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in Bangalow.  

The Buttery Arts co-ordinator Dee Tipping said the FEHVA festival was an educational festival which recognised the gift of recovery.

"This educational event is raising much-needed funds to support people who are seeking recovery from drug and alcohol addictions," she said.

Australia's top visual arts practitioners will be guest speakers at the festival weekend, including Pete O'Doherty and Reg Mombassa who will talk about their experiences as brothers, artists and musicians.

Well-known international musician and patron of The Buttery, David Helfgott, will perform at the opening of the FEHVA art exhibition next Monday.

Enjoy the brilliant David Helfgott in an acoustic performance.


The flag event, according to Ms Tipping, is the art auction and banquet which will be held on Thursday, May 29.

Tickets are $100 per person and include champagne on arrival, canapés, gourmet dinner platters, wine and dessert.

Ms Tipping said the reason for a visual arts festival was because the Northern Rivers was thriving with talented artists.

"Creativity is intense in this area and is also very therapeutic.

"We hold art therapy classes at The Buttery as a form of recovery," she said.

The Southern Cross University is the FEHVA schools program sponsor whereby students, teachers, parents and adults are welcomed to enjoy a day of interesting visual arts lectures on May 28.

Tickets are $50, or $35 for students, and are available from Jetset Travel at Byron Bay.


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