Call goes out for collectors
ALEXIS Plath is reminded of her mum whenever she opens her wardrobe.
Hanging up are 20 impressive 1950s, 1960s and 1970s ball gowns that were personally designed and made by her mum, Marilyn Plath, whom she sadly lost to cancer just four years ago.
“I haven’t had the heart to get rid of them. Every time I see one of them, I can remember Mum wearing them,” she said.
The dresses were specially made for local balls and functions, which she often frequented with her husband, Alf, who was shire chairman for 21 years.
“She always was a very good sewer,” she said.
“Everyone waited to see what concoction she would come up with next.”
In memory of her mum, Mrs Plath will showcase the special gowns at the Childers Arts Space’s (CHARTS) Collectamania exhibition this month. Just like Mrs Plath, you too can take part in the region’s own “antiques roadshow”.
The Valuations Day and Collectamania exhibition opening will be held at CHARTS on Saturday, September 20.
Collectamania will showcase not only the amazing objects people collect, but also the unique stories of the collectors themselves, and what got them started on their collecting journey.
Unique local collections will range from Vegemite jars to vintage cameras to biscuit tins.
Bundaberg Regional Galleries exhibitions officer and Collectamania exhibition curator Trudie Leigo said Collectamania would provide an insight into about 30 people’s unique passions.
“The exhibition will display a sample of each person’s collection and provide further information on the individual and their unique collection – what inspired them to collect, further details of their collection and why they love them,” Ms Leigo said.
“I have a love of trawling through second-hand and antiques stores, as well as op shops. I think an object is more beautiful if it has lived a previous life and has a story attached to it.
“I come from a family who love to collect, and spent a good chunk of my childhood rummaging around old rural properties, their houses and rubbish dumps.”
She said the valuation days and exhibition opening would be great entertainment, providing the region with its own episode of the popular TV show Antiques Roadshow.
“People will be able to come along on the day and watch an assortment of items being assessed by Warren Joel, a certified practising valuer.
“We are bringing Warren up from Melbourne. He has more than 35 years experience in the industry, and has run many valuation days all across the country. So if anyone has ever wondered if that vase of Grandma’s lurking in the back cupboard is worth anything, now is the opportunity to find out some more information about it.”
“Collectamania will feature a range of collections ranging from 100 year old vintage postcards, a comprehensive Star Wars collection, telecommunications that include radios through to phones and telex machines,” she said.
Collectamania will continue until Sunday, November 9.
GORGEOUS GOWNS: Alexis Plath with her mother’s exquisite ball gowns.