October 31, 2009

Exhibition is Opened

WE DID IT!!! We had the opening this afternoon and it went very well. It has been a hectic few days getting ready for the opening. I had to make sure that I remembered to take everything for setting up on Firday, but when I actually got there the plan had to be altered slightly. I had to quickly put on my thinking hat while I was cleaning the cabinets, but in the end I came up with the solution. Two of my students Ayako and Dennis came to help set up. I found that the process of setting up was fun and creative. I did need someone else to bounce my ideas off for it to work.

Finally the time had come. Tom and I set off a bit early to make sure that all the arrangements with the gallery were allright. When we arrived, Dennis was already there. It wasn't long before people were arriving. We had enough finger food and drinks for everyone. The MGA had generously provided us with wine and champagne. The speaker, Dr. Raphael Zimmerman and my dear friend Jane arrived and the rest of the event went very smoothly. We had about sixty guests in total. I took quite a few photos and here are some of them.

Dr. Raphael Zimmerman our guest speaker is a Visual Arts graduate from Monash University majoring in print making. He is a practicing artist and is focused on his current painting. In Dr. Zimmerman's speech he mentioned that art and craft are now merging into one. He praised our work as crossing over from one to the other. Dr. Zimmerman attracted a lot of attention from the listeners.

This is Ayako standing in front of the gallery. Ayako could not be here today. She is on her way to Japan for her sister's wedding. I know she will be checking this blog so I just want to let you know Ayako that we did it, and it went very well. Thanks for your help.

A visit from Cathrine Harboe-Ree, the University Librarian. It was a pleasant surprise to see her there. From left, Cathryn Harbo-Ree, Natima Palaskas, Kumi Suzuki, Dennis Kishere, Jane Hammond and Jane Rumbold.

Kumi, Dennis and myself were ready to received our guests. Our display cabinet were behind us. It was a nice day for photos shoot.

My dearest friends Wan, Nan and Jane were all here to give a moral support. Thanks ladies. Having you all here meant a lot to me...!

Jane Rumbold and I posing for photo. It was quite a warm day, but luckily the building is air-conditioned to keep us all cool.

The two docs, Dr. Tom Palaskas and Dr. Raphael Zimmerman. I didn't mention that Raphael is my dear friend Jane's husband.

The guests listening to Dr. Zimmerman's speech.

Forever supporters Lynda and Lynette. It was so nice to see familiar faces there.

I think everyone enjoyed our work and on more than one occasion people came and asked if they could join the group. Unfortunately I had to say no due to time constrains. To think that we only meet once a week for one hour, we did well to have two exhibitions in one year. I think I need a holiday after this. The exhibition is on for the whole month of November so please drop by to MGA for a visit.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a great time. Glad that the show was so well attended.

Simone de Klerk said...

Incredible job, Natima and you look so happy and proud (O:

Jocelyn said...

Natima you are just beaming! Congratulations on an incredible job. Would love to see a peek at the exhibit.

Ann J said...

Congratulations on a successful day!! So glad it was all you wished for!!........Luv Ann J

Marlene said...

Congratulations. Glad the opening went so well for you.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic exhibition Natima, congratulations to all your group, such excellent work.
Thanks for always letting me be part of your life.

Lots of love
Lynda. xxx

Anonymous said...


Congratulations! You must feel so proud! :)

Terry said...

A second book exhibition Yahoo.You are beaming and well you should be.

Worth all the effort in the end.


Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hey Nat how could I miss this post...What a good one too...Dzintra♥x

Anonymous said...

You looked so beautiful on your big day!!

It sounds like it all went wonderfully.

I'm so proud of you and all your hard work!

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