Arts in brief

Organic gems

THE last Byron Bay and District ADFAS lecture for 2011 will be a fascinating look at organic gem materials - what they are and where they came from.

Gems For Life: amber, ivory and tortoiseshell will be held in Bang8 alow on Monday.

The lecturer is Maggie Campbell Pedersen, a British gemmologist and professional photo8 grapher who specialises in organic gem materials.

Her work includes identifications, teaching, writing and % research. Her articles and photographs are widely published and she gives seminars around the world.

Organic gems materials are derived from plants or animals and the first jewellery ever worn was made from them. Better known materials are amber, coral, ivory, horn, bone, pearls, seeds and shell. Their popularity over the centuries has meant that some of the species that provide these materials have been hunted almost to extinction.

Gems For Life will provide stunning images, intriguing facts and a whole new perspective on these beautiful materials.

Lecture begins 6.30pm at the A&I Hall in Bangalow, with wine and refreshments to follow. Guests welcome, $20. Enquiries to Carole on 6684. 4996.

Funding workshop

ARTS Northern Rivers and Regional Arts NSW will present a free funding and grant-writing workshop for artists and arts workers living in the Clarence and Richmond valleys.

On October 27, Arts Northern Rivers will welcome Ben Sibson, funding officer for Regional Arts NSW, to Maclean to present the four-hour session exploring some of the major arts grants available.

The workshop will be free and include a hands-on session, dealing with writing and assessing applications, based on the Regional Arts Fund application process.

This workshop will be held in the

Maclean Uniting Church Hall, Maclean, from 10am to 2pm

To reserve your place email, or phone 6628 8120.

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