The opening

PreparationsAt last year’s exhibition Imogen, a friend from school days, walked into the opening and said what can I do. I left her in charge of the food and drinks and didn’t have a worry all evening.  This year I asked her to cater for the opening and left all the choices to her.  She arrived at our place at midday with her daughter Louise and proceeded to create easy to manage  finger food; tiny pumpkin and date scones, delicate highly flavoured sausage rolls, lamingtons which she cut in half and piped with cream, stuffed pullets eggs from her own crew at home, tiny cream cheese and asparagus rolls and fudge. At 4.30 she arrived at the Gallery with plates and trays and baskets. Along with my mates Noela, Julie, and Kay, Imogen kept the drinks and food coming all evening.

And then our guests arrived…………

the openingPamela Gordon talking to Waiata Dawn Davies (one of the exhibition poets) and Elizabeth Brooke-Carr catching up with Claire Beynon (an exhibition artist) and another artist, Lew Walsh, walking by.

Catching conversationsI was pleased to meet Waiata Dawn. We’ve been emailing for some years and although we live less than two hours apart we’ve never managed to get together.  Waiata’s poem, Singing at Sunrise, was the inspiration for Rotorua artist Angela Swann’s work.  I’ll feature Angela’s painting another day.ViewingPeter Gregory’s stunning pot was sold within a couple of hours of being displayed and several hours before the exhibition opened. I emailed Peter last night to say we could have sold it several times over. Mick Stringer’s poem, Stars, was the inspiration for Peter’s vase. My photo didn’t manage to ‘pick out’ the stars but they are there.

Peter and Laura’s Gallery is open most Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday afternoons from 1pm to 5pm. They’re also happy to open at other times by appointment.   Check here for further information.

giraffe and friendsI knew that giraffe was going to appear. It’s a habit of hers. She was created by Richard Orrick, currently residing in Ireland, in response to Danielle Hope’s wonderful poem, Giraffe.

And that’s all for tonight folks. Do wander by tomorrow evening for another viewing.

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One Response to The opening

  1. Peter says:

    Ruth, thank you so much. P x

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