It is a great relief to have the Members Exhibition over. It looked fantastic. We received lots of compliments and positive feedback. In spite of the weather there was a steady stream of visitors, most of them customers too! It was great to have support from so many members; setting up, manning the cash desk, taking it all down, putting up signs, carting plinths etc to and from the centre, bringing a plate for that yummy supper and of course providing work for display. It was good to see lots of beautiful work there for exhibition only. It gives an extra dimension to have those treasured works on display and shows what the BMCAC is all about – encouraging the development of arts and crafts in the area. Of course the sale of work is very important too for supplying much needed funds.( $763.65 was added to our funds) A big thank you to all those members (and their families in several cases) involved and especially to those who put in over 100% to make everything run so smoothly. Give yourselves a big pat on the back.
There has been a call for help from the Anglican Retirement Villages in locating artists interested in working with their elderly residents. Henry Fulton Nursing Home and Lemongrove Gardens Recreation Activities Programs are creating a register of volunteer and paid artists. If you are interested the web site is www.arv.org.au
A big congratulations to Joe Cartwright who won the Viewers Choice Award at the Henry Lawson Festival of Arts at Grenfell. It is good to hear of a fellow members success. Any more out there? Congratulations to you too!
Now something for the gardeners. Frank and Julie Wall, prize winning local orchid growers will be giving a talk on their special blooms at the Penrith Regional Gallery & Lewers Bequest at 10 am on Wednesday, August 26. The $10 entry includes morning tea. RSVP by Fri, August 21 on 4735 1100. I can recommend this, their orchids are stunning and they explain away all the difficulties in growing them, besides the gallery is such a special place to visit!