By Claire Brach
Saturday was the official opening of our refurbished paper-making studio. Not entirely sure I should be calling it that as we share the space with some other groups , each of whom have a very different focus than ours. However, I was there in a paper-arts capacity.
On arrival I was thrilled to see how much effort every group had put in to exhibit a wide range of their members skills. There were some stunning displays of creativity on view. This post would be enormous if I posted works from everyone so today I’m concentrating on pieces made by members of our own group.
Our exhibition committee, Lou, Ange and Harriet, didn’t have a lot of time to co-ordinate, plan and set-up the display and they also had to take into account the multi-level spaces and high walls in some areas.
Having taken charge and set-up our exhibitions over the years they have experience in working with free-standing dimensional works, both large and small, along with wall art and hanging pieces.
I estimate that well over 100 people turned up for the event, probably closer to 130.
We were delighted that 4 of our founders – Ruth, Sunny, Juliette and Sherry – were able to join us, as well as Paul Berkemeier.
The centre was officially opened by Jilly Gibson, Mayor of North Sydney Council, and I was very happy to be able to include in my photos the image of a beautiful Joomchi cape created by our member, Mandy Burgess.
Image details, clockwise from top left:
Ron Switzer: President & Treasurer, Primrose Park Photography and President, PPACCI
Jilly Gibson: Mayor of North Sydney
Trent Zimmerman: Federal Member for North Sydney
Martin Ellis: Director, Community & Library Services Division, North Sydney Council
It was a great day and I enjoyed catching-up with some of our members who I haven’t seen for a while and also to meet, for the first time, members of other groups who also use the centre.