ABSOLUTE WONDER: Long-time volunteer at the Lismore Regional Gallery Vicki Fayle and husband Rod were humbled by the honour.
ABSOLUTE WONDER: Long-time volunteer at the Lismore Regional Gallery Vicki Fayle and husband Rod were humbled by the honour. Doug Eaton

Vision achieved

LISMORE Regional Gallery honoured its longest-serving volunteer yesterday by naming a section of the gallery in her name.

Vicki Fayle has been volunteering at the gallery since January 1990, said her husband Rod.

As well as being a member of Friends of the Lismore Regional Gallery, she has played a crucial role in the gallery's development, such as helping get the cafe built and recording and looking after the permanent collection.

Gallery director Brett Adlington said it only felt right to name the space after Mrs Fayle, given the amount of passionate work she had put into the place.

Mr Adlington said he didn't think of Mrs Fayle as a volunteer but more as a part of the gallery's family, having helped it grow so much.

He thanked her for her commitment to and support of the organization, and said that when they moved to a new building - which they hoped would happen in the near future - a new section would be named after Mrs Fayle.

Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell was at the gallery for the official unveiling of the Vicki Fayle Gallery in gallery three of the building and said it was a very fitting thing to do.

Cr Dowell said she had always been happy to see Mrs Fayle at the gallery, which she did so often because "she was always here".

She said she couldn't wait to see a section in a new Lismore Regional Gallery building named after Mrs Fayle as "it was a long-term vision of hers".

While Mrs Fayle was not able to speak at the opening due to a brain tumour, she did attend and her husband said some words on behalf of her.

"I know that she has always felt this is the most important part of her life here," Mr Fayle said.

"It's been a great joy for her."

Mr Fayle said that as a practising artist herself, Mrs Fayle had a huge passion for art and was always pleased she could be involved in the arts through her work at the Lismore Regional Gallery.

He knew she was astounded and overwhelmed with joy to have the gallery room named in her honour, Mr Fayle said.

"It's an absolute wonder. We're really humbled by this."



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