Last night was quite a night, for this
little plumpish bush blogger.
You see, I had an exhibition. Of photos featured right here, on this little bush blog. It’s not something I had really thought of doing, to be honest, before I was asked by a very sweet local lady – who is also an artist and publican. (I know, what a skill set!)
I talked here about some of the lead-up to last night – just know it was a hectic time made that tiny bit crazier with all kinds of decision making which hurt my brain.
It’s one thing to take photos, to sort and work them and to get them printed up. It’s another to get them framed. Cue my cousin, Em.
She does amazing rustic photo frames – and (thanks to the tardy arrival of prints and matting) managed to whip up 33 of these amazing frames in less than a week. Luckily, she IS superwoman!
Julie the artist/publican/art curator also turned publicity officer…
Which definitely made it VERY difficult for me to pull out of the event. Heh. Pretty sure Em would have killed me, if Julie didn’t get to me first.
Anyway, Friday was spent driving around over 200 km picking up framed photos, delivering them to our venue, unloading a few kilometres worth of hessian and some pre-washed stumps and sticks, rusty barbed wire, old fence posts, a scale model windmill and pumpkins…
I really should have taken some ‘before’ photos, but I was late arriving at the venue. And I didn’t want to annoy my off-siders any more than I already had. So with the help of my long-suffering husband, Julie and her long-suffering partner Tony…
I reckon it came up okay…
Although I suspect I might have worn everyone out in the process…
Hay bales really are the ultimate multitasker in the bush – decor AND seating!
And less than 24 hours later (I did shower, create some catalogues and get some shut-eye in the interim) … doors were thrown open to the public!
And while the event is a LITTLE of a blur, I do recall many happy faces, lots of shared laughter and some very sweet comments.
This is my uncle with my Dad’s best mate. They are finding something VERY amusing in one of the pieces (or being silly posing for my aunt, who was behind this lense most of the night!).
The gorgeous overworked Em-the-framer with her hubby and youngest. How cool is that frame right behind her? (I think that shot was among my most popular FB posts ever – ‘Bush Halleluja’).
This is one of my best mate’s husband (who is also my second cousin – keep up!). He went pigging en route to the event. As you do!
My uncle with granddaughter Prue – an early moment of art appreciation, pretty leaves in ‘Autumn Kaleidescope’!
My BEAUTIFUL sister, Jeanie (on the squash, by the look of it!).
My Dad’s mate Ralph and his lovely wife, with their favourite photo…
Everyone paused for the official part of the evening, during which Mr John Warlters, General Manager of the Queensland Country Life (and very nice guy) told a couple of stories about me and then opened the exhibition…
He must’ve been pretty funny…
I certainly thought so! (And that was only my second, and LAST glass of wine for the night!).
My husband was very happy to be NOT preparing for the event anymore, to be sitting, and having a quiet ale. He certainly deserved it!
Among the guests were our little schools FABULOUS teachers…
And my sister-in-law’s sister (what is THAT relationship, anyone?) who earlier that day had taken out the regional showgirl award. I was a bit excited for her!
There were also lovely travellers, some of who got BUSY with their wallets, and put some red dots on some pieces.
I was delighted to see a few little red dots telling me people had enjoyed our efforts enough to put them on their own walls.
It’s a pretty special feeling, to know that something you helped create (cause let’s face it, Mother Nature does a fair bit of my work) is treasured that much.
I hope I get to visit some of the places these end up…
And all too soon… it was time to go home. To sit down, kick off our shoes, and relax.
If you happen to be in Queensland’s North Burnett area at all, please call into the Mulgildie pub (just south of Monto) and check the ‘Bush’d’ exhibition out for yourself. And (do yourself a favour) and introduce yourself to Julie and Tony, then order a pub lunch while you are there. I can recommend the food and the hospitality is second to none!
Now if you don’t mind, I need to sleep. Before mustering commences again tomorrow.
Over and out…