This Sunday just passed I had the opportunity to attend the Open Mic at Sails again. This time I was joined by the lovely and very talented Del Bartlett.
It was a blustery and cold day,nonetheless we still had lots of people enjoying good food, great music by a wide variety of local talent and enjoying art by Del and myself.
Del Barlett (Left panel) and myself (middle panel) enjoying an afternoon of creative art. Thanks to Jamie McPherson for the photo of me (used with permission)
Some of the Sounds Groovy open Mic performers. Left to right. Dean Bird, David Rogers and friend on flute, Tim Fatchen (as Flying Tadpole), Lynda and Dean Bird, Gerry Holt, Lynda Bird and Shay Hamilton,Tim Fatchen and Jamie McPherson (CBG duelling), Jamie McPherson, Greg Coombs (Sounds Groovy Open Mic host)
Thanks to Nikki and Phil and the staff at Sails and Greg Coombs for their hard work and organisation.
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Art Diary, Monday 23rd May 2016
It looks like including art along with music will be become a regular event. I will dispense with the collage re-caps in the future and do a proper photo blog now I know that this will be something more regular. It’s wonderful to be able to combine two of my favourite things together.
It does create a lovely family friendly atmosphere and my hat off to Nikki and Phil for all their efforts in creating a vibrant place for local music and hosting regular events.
Rural areas can suffer a bit from “Same old same old” or “Nothing never happens here” syndrome, or worse very little for locals to enjoy on a regular basis. It is hard work organising these types of events, generating interest and keeping the momentum going. People prepared to put the work in are invaluable in a community and their efforts are important in retaining a sense of activity and thriving community.
Sunday was an experiment in indoor entertainment. With the weather now turning cold the outdoor deck is no longer a very inviting place to sit and listen to music and for the musicians rain and wind is not a good combination with electricity!
We all managed to squeeze inside though and even make space towards the end of the afternoon for a little dance floor.
Over time we’ll be able to refine how we set up so that we’re not all in one corner.
Working with Del was lovely. It’s always interesting to see how other people approach their art and the intuitiveness and freedom of Del’s art, warms the heart and fills you with a sense of joy.
It was good too to have a contrast between Del and myself. What we both do is so very different. I’m slow turtle to her sweeping brush strokes and freedom of play with her art.
The difference was pointed out. I cannot produce much work in a short space of time. It wasn’t meant as criticism but I have taken it board.
Part of doing these art exhibitions/demonstrations is also to give visitors something to see and experience. With that in mind and knowing these demonstrations will be more regular I am going to be looking into artwork I can do that is more engaging and “quicker”. While the flowers and designs have become what I paint predominately in the last few years they aren’t all there is to me. This will be a good opportunity to flex my creativity in different directions and have some fun. That’s a good thing. I’m very excited about where it will all lead.
On that note, It’s time to bury myself back into web site building. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong de-railing and delaying me, but now I can only go upwards and hopefully by the end of this week online!
Whatever you may be doing or wherever your life may take you I hope you are able to find beauty and inspiration in your week ahead.