What do you do?
I’m an active retiree. I’m in U3A where I’m a member of three different classes. I do wool group, painting, and French which is great fun. My husband Brian belongs to Lions and is very active there, so I also sometimes help them when they need it.
I understand you’ve been involved in the local art scene for quite some time?
I joined the Bright Art Gallery committee soon after we came here and was part of that for 24 years and for the last 12 was the paid secretary manager until I retired four years ago. I did china painting for about 15 years before I came to Bright and later started up a ceramics studio here. I ran classes from home for 20 years, for adults and children. From working at the gallery, I gained an interest in painting and when I stopped working there, I was free to do my own art work. The art group I’m in is run by U3A and the gallery where we meet every Tuesday morning. I paint a bit of everything and enjoy trying all mediums but I’m best at pastel work.
How long have you been in Bright?
This is our 30th year here but I don’t think we’re locals yet.
Why did you move here?
We moved because of Brian’s work. We came to Bright when Brian changed jobs from the Water Commission to the Alpine Resorts Commission which used to be based here in town before it was moved up to Falls Creek. Before Bright we lived in Cohuna, between Echuca and Swan Hill, for 11 years. Before that we were at Dartmouth for seven years when the dam was being built.
What else have you done since moving to Bright?
I was a school teacher and I did relief work across the shire before retiring when my ceramics business got too big. We ran a café in Bright called All Seasons which was located where Tartan Fox is now, in the building in front of the post office. I also used to help run the school canteen. Helen Thornton and I started up the canteen in 1991. Before that all the school lunches were taken down to a café in town.
What else do you do in retirement?
I love gardening and enjoy catching up with the old gallery committee for a coffee which we do every week as well as going out for lunch or dinner once a month. Over winter, Brian and I usually go to Queensland. We’ve recently been to Flinders Ranges and might head up to Queensland, as far as the Sunshine Coast, after our grandson goes back to school following the mid-year holidays.