Heather Kelly

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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.

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