A Manly view of Art.


This is the view, from my car, parked near the Manly Art Gallery & Museum, situated on Sydney Harbour, four minutes walk from Manly Wharf. Opened in 1930, by Manly Council. Apparently, it was the first metropolitan regional gallery in NSW. Now, said to be a popular destination for thousands of local, interstate and international visitors each year.

Fellow boardmember (DACC) and artist, Thea Bourne, had invited me to come along to a talk, given by four different artists.

Hers, was one of four.
The first was by Nathalie Hartog-Gautier, who showed us how she relates to the experience of people from Europe, arriving in Australia, focusing on La Perouse, the French explorer.
If you have read any of my writings, on the internet, you will know how I have, so often taken visitors, on my so-called Nostalgia Tour, starting at the suburb of Sydney, called, La Perouse.
(My daughter, who thoroughly enjoyed her stay in Paris,) was so pleased to photograph the monument there, acknowledging the arrival of La Perouse, all those years ago.
lan Waite F.R.A.S., A.W.I., spoke next.

Particularly about a group of friends, now known as “Plein Air Painters of Australia”.
He was followed by Thea Bourne, who has dedicated a decade’s work to producing large, charcoal drawings, based on fragments from an aboriginal midden, to express her love of the land, called Australia, and her personal connection with its origin and culture.

and then there was Mike Sargeant, beside whom I’d found an empty chair, when I had arrived , just in time, to hear the speakers being introduced,but not realising he was one of them.

All right! His take on art, vaguely reminded me of driving along the central coast and seeing too many swans, in gardens, made out of rubber tyres but he certainly connected with the audience, as he explained how he turns junk into ART!!

A most diverting, and interesting evening. Thank you, Thea, for inviting me!!

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