Ebenezer Art Show

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - News - by Ted Brill

The first Ebenezer Art Show was held in 1978. Pro­posed jointly by par­ent Carolyn Auld and Ebenezer teacher Lyn­dall Har­ri­son, the idea re­ceived strong sup­port from the Ebenezer P&C As­so­ci­a­tion, the ex­ec­u­tive of the as­so­ci­a­tion at the time be­ing Yvette Kemp (Pres­i­dent), Lynn Pop­plewell (Sec­re­tary) and Dot Sch­midt (Trea­surer).

Orig­i­nal art work not be­ing in plen­ti­ful sup­ply in the Hawkes­bury in 1978 and Ebenezer be­ing con­sid­ered too far out of the city suburbs for artists to de­liver their work, it was ar­ranged for metropolitan artists and crafts per­sons to drop off their paint­ings or craft at a home in Pen­nant Hills. From there it was trans­ported by par­ents or school staff to Ebenezer.

Dis­play space at the first art show was lim­ited to a six-mo­d­ule de­mount­able li­brary for art and the orig­i­nal brick class­room for craft. It at­tracted only 130 paint­ings (35 by the same artist!) but a large ex­hi­bi­tion of a va­ri­ety of craft. The func­tion was well pa­tron­ized – on open­ing night there were 100 peo­ple crammed into the li­brary. It was opened by artist War­wick Fuller. Paint­ings to the value of $2170 and craft val­ued at $903 were sold, the P&C re­al­is­ing an over­all profit of $730.

From this small be­gin­ning the art show was held each year and grew in size and pop­u­lar­ity. Brick class­rooms built in 1982 pro­vided an at­trac­tive area for dis­play of paint­ings and pot­tery and the ad­di­tion of a dou­ble class­room in 1994 was used for out­stand­ing dis­plays of craft.

With re­fine­ments to pro­ce­dures and over­sight for many years by Sue & Ted Brill, plus con­tin­ued sup­port by the P&C As­so­ci­a­tion and school staff, the show be­came so pop­u­lar with dis­trict and metropolitan artists that drop off points in Pen­nant Hills were no longer re­quired. If artists wanted to dis­play their work they had to de­liver it them­selves – and they did – to the ex­tent that en­tries per artist had to be lim­ited.

In later years the ad­di­tion of a school hall pro­vided a new venue for this ex­hi­bi­tion and the art show con­tin­ued.

The stag­ing of an art show is a huge un­der­tak­ing, es­pe­cially for a small school such as Ebenezer. Par­ents and school staff over the last 40 years are to be thanked and con­grat­u­lated for what they have achieved.

While the pri­mary aim of Ebenezer Art Shows was fund rais­ing for the school this an­nual event has made a large con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­mo­tion of art and artists and it has pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents of the school to view and ap­pre­ci­ate orig­i­nal art work. Ebenezer Art Shows have also been events that have been en­joyed and well-sup­ported by the lo­cal Ebenezer com­mu­nity; they have gen­er­ally en­hanced the fine rep­u­ta­tion of Ebenezer Pub­lic School in the Hawkes­bury dis­trict.

Mr Luke O’Brien - cur­rent Prin­ci­pal - in the Art Room at the 2016 Art Show

Mr Ted Brill at the open­ing of the Art Show in 1998

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