Speech on Opening Night no. 1
Robyn Varpins and I are half way through our art exhibition, “Fascination: Maiko, Geiko, Kyoto”. To mark this point, I am writing a post to share the journey so far.
Opening no 1. with Lucy.
Lucy Clements (youngest daughter) came all the way from Sydney to lend her support during the week’s lead up to the show and to help serve food and drinks (with style) on Opening Night Number 1. We decided on THREE openings because the gallery is intimate in size. We wanted our guests to have plenty of space to move around and see the art – and more openings meant more opportunities for celebration.
Showing the audience “Geiko and Maiko of Kyoto” by Robert van Koesveld.
Two artists and their work.
The Consul-General of Japan in Perth, Mr Tatsuo Hirayama and his wife, Sachiko, attended our first opening accompanied by Consul for Information and Culture, Mr Hideo Shinozuka. We also had visitors from Australia-Japan Society of W.A.
Robyn having a brief respite last weekend.
We held two “Artists Talks”; last Sunday and today which were both well attended. Robyn Varpins (Sculptor), Robert van Koesveld (Photographer and Author) and I (coloured pencil artist) held our audiences spellbound (I think) as we explained our processes, art materials and secrets as well as introducing the subject of maiko and geiko of Kyoto.
Robyn at today’s “Artists Talk” explaining her sculpture process.
After the ‘Artists Talk’ this afternoon.
Tomorrow is a public holiday in Western Australia. I would like to announce, “YES, WE ARE OPEN ON THE PUBLIC HOLIDAY MONDAY” – and every day of the week after that, 10 a.m till 4 p.m until close at 4 p.m Sunday 2nd October.
Another exhausting end-of-day!
We love to make our visitors feel welcome so we have chocolates to munch as well as a box of 40 Caran d’Ache Luminance pencils to win. At this half way point in the exhibition, there are 163 people in the draw for the prize. Thanks very much to Kadmium Art + Design Supplies in Sydney for donating the Luminance pencils.
On Saturday 1st October the exhibition will be visited by members of Perth Kimono Club. That should be a beautiful occasion! (I’ll have my camera ready.)
Half the drawings have sold as well as many of Robyn’s sculptures. To see which drawings are still available, click here.
Only seven days left to see this little bit of Kyoto transplanted in Fremantle. And after that it will be gone forever. Please share this fleeting moment with us if you haven’t already….
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