I forgot to mention my success on Friday at the Bellingen Art Show, which is a members’ exhibition held each year up in the hills… somehow Bellingen seems a long way away from Coffs Harbour, which I guess it is in some ways: instead of palm trees and the ocean there are mountain views, autumn leaves and winter frosts. It reminds me of the cool northern European climate of the first half of my life – until the sun comes out in summer and it gets hotter than it does down here on the coast!
Anyway, for the first time I entered the show, and put in the monoprint I did for the Art Auction here (that didn’t sell, obviously), and I got ‘Highly Recommended’ in the print section. The prize-giving was a bit of a fiasco, and quite embarrassing at the time. The person leading the speeches made a point of asking all prize-winners to come up onto the stage and stay there for photographs, so when my name was read out, up I went. But they completely ignored me! I’d climbed the stairs in front of the crowd only to find the person carried on speaking, having turned her back to me, and to be honest I had no idea what to do. Louise Rawson-Harris from The Bunker Cartoon Gallery (and leading light of Bellingen art circles) noticed my embarrassment, kindly took me aside and engaged me in conversation, and then drew the person’s attention to my presence on the stage – but I was still ignored. Being on show isn’t my thing and I got to the point where I thought I shouldn’t be there, so after gently moving to the back I slunk off down the stairs into the crowd, only for the announcer to tell me off later for ruining the group photograph… The upshot of it all is that I have no idea if I will get a prize or a certificate, because no-one saw fit to tell me about it!
Thankfully the whole event was overtaken by a lovely dinner we had with Anna Fisher at her house in Fernmount afterwards. Anna is a talented graphic designer, and her husband Christian is the architect of the house we’ll (hopefully!) start building soon, and she’d invited us back for pasta and fruit salad and – in my case at least – a restorative glass of wine!