As I write this, Bellamys at Five will be opening at Bellamys Gallery at Macandrew Bay, Dunedin, and I wish I was able to be there as I know that it will be a delightful time with lovely people.
|"Evening arriving – view from the Gallery" photo from http://bellamysatfive.wordpress.com|
Macandrew Bay looks like this, and I have borrowed this image from the blog site that Ruth Arnison has put together that is about this exciting exhibition and all the artists and poets who are taking part in it. I have put a link to the blog near the top right of my blog, but here is another one.
If the exhibition was no more than just the blog that Ruth has put together, it would still have done a great service to the many artists and writers that she has featured there, but the exhibition itself will be something that reaches out and involves and touches many in the community as well. If you read Ruth's blog, you will get some idea of what this exhibition is about, but I will also quote a few lines from a letter that we received some months ago when Ruth was inviting artists to take part..
"We are a charitable trust which prints and distributes 5700 free poetry cards every season to medical waiting rooms, rest homes, hospices and prisons throughout the South Island and parts of the lower North Island. Our long-term goal is to offer the cards throughout New Zealand. Our aim with the cards is to make people's waiting time a little less frustrating/more enjoyable and at the same time introduce or reintroduce them to the delights of poetry.
Last year’s exhibition, When North meets South, was held over three weeks in November. 12 haiku writers from the North Island each sent us 6 new haiku. We passed these on to 20 invited Otago artists ( jewellers, painters, potters, bookbinders, dressmakers, sculptors, illustrators ---) to create a work incorporating/ interpreting the haiku of their choice. You might like to read about the exhibition here; whennorthmeetssouth.wordpress.com"
(The link to this still works, so you might like to follow that one too!)
I do hope that many people in the Dunedin area make the trip out to Macandrew Bay on the Otago Peninsula, and support this exhibition. I am also looking forward to more poems appearing in Doctor's waiting rooms over the coming months!
When we visit the exhibition, I will try to take some photos for this blog. I am not quite back at work yet, but have been doing some drawing in the mornings, and an hour or so with clay some afternoons, and hope to build up the time over this month. I found myself another year older on the 29th of August, but now have a whole year before that disturbing event happens again!! Last birthday I declared myself to be 101.5, but I wonder if I would be better to shave a few years off that now?
Laura and I had a nice little lunch out on my birthday, and it was good just to enjoy her company and a simple meal together.