Well!  I was just going back through my previous posts and see that I have forgotten to do a post on how our student exhibition went. I think that after I’d put it in the Newsletter that I must have thought I’d done it!  So here we are – somewhat late but better than never. Once again, thanks to our hosts Ellie and Peter at Fires Creek Winery who kindly make their space available to us, in such beautiful surroundings.

We had a great turn out with possibly 50-60 people trickling through the opening which was awesome.

This year the show was opened by Fiona Crain from International Community Advocates which supports women in the community. We raised $65  her charity through aour painting sales, which will have helped to buy emergency packs for women fleeing domestic violence.

We sold 2 paintings – one by our youngest student Ella. It is interesting to know that you can’t second guess why someone might buy a painting.  This painting -“Nutella” by Ella – see painting on far left of the picture……

Nutella Painting


was bought by a lady who had always loved Nutella as a kid and the painting reminded her of that.  She was putting it in her kitchen to give her fond memories of happy times.

Here are some images of the opening.

Student Exhibition 1


Student Exhibition 2


The other star of the day was Murray, who sold a small water colour.

Water colour Butterfly

‘ Butterfly ‘ Watercolour by Murray


And so ends the exhibition for another year and congratulations to the students who sold.

This week’s Question: When are you thinking of showing your work, and who might that be to?

I am going to interrupt our flow of posts this week to bring you an update on the Student Exhibition at Fires Creek Winery.  All went very smoothly on Friday, assisted by help from several of the students including Lorraine and Lorraine, Deborah, Stephanie, Gordon, Diane and my wonderfully helpful partner John. And if I have forgotten anyone, I do apologize as my brain has gone to mush! I was up till 2 am this morning printing labels and all that other stuff that one has to do before an exhibition.


Fires Creek Winery

I think today gave many of the students a good insight into how much is actually involved in hanging a show, that one never really sees. From putting blue tak dots on the bottoms of the paintings to making sure that they all look good together. The latter can be quite a challenge when you are hanging a show that has many different sizes and styles of art.

Still all was done in a timely fashion and the show looks great.

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We had an article in the paper last week …. and I did a radio interview with a local radio station arts reporter – Meredith Gilmore from Coast fm963 that went to air on Sunday night. So it’s been a very busy week.

A Vine Art Affair at Fires Creek Winery

A Vine Art Affair at Fires Creek Winery


The opening was Sunday afternoon and we had a great crowd turn out for it.  The show was opened by Fiona Crain from International Community Advocates – a local charity which supports women and children fleeing domestic violence.  The aim of  The Strong Women Project is to practically assist women and children with new essentials and help them on their way to establishing a new life.


This Weeks Question: Are you going to showcase your work somewhere this year?


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