Ephemera’s artis­tic vi­sions fill soul with joy for­ever

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

EPHEMERA, wish it could last for­ever, but sadly it’s very name means “tem­po­rary”. So can we have an Unephemera or Disephemera per­haps?

I love it ev­ery two years, and re­mem­ber fondly with Fran­cis from the gallery talk­ing about it all those years ago, what a huge suc­cess it is.

Won­der­ful to see thou­sands along our beach­front en­joy the bril­liance of th­ese artists.

All ages love this, all cul­tures, all be­liefs, all dogs ... yes, sorry about my Bing, I hope the Gi­ant Pa­cific Oc­to­pus doesn’t rust. He’s only a small dog­gie, but fair dinkum he holds some liq­uid.

And what about the Dirty Car Art, and all the cars parked down on Strand Park beach, bril­liant stuff by Scott Wade. Though there must have been a lapse in com­mu­ni­ca­tion down City Hall way, when our dear park­ing in­spec­tors came down and booked the lot of them.

And Paul Tay­lor and the cop­pers put Po­lice Aware signs on them too. Jok­ing!

Ac­tu­ally, good way of get­ting free park­ing any­where, pull over and shove a Po­lice Aware sign on the wind­screen, just hope they’re ac­tu­ally not.

Ephemera is thought- pro­vok­ing, en­light­en­ing and de­light­fully en­ter­tain­ing. Yes, I’m a fan, and I’d love to see the coun­cil buy a few. Up to you re­ally, ring up Mayor Jenny and tell her what we should keep. I al­ways wished we’d kept the Duck from years ago.

There’s also a group of peo­ple I men­tion ev­ery year, and that’s our sen­sa­tional vol­un­teers.

They hand out the books, ex­plain the art­works, many do tours, al­ways there, al­ways happy to help.

When host­ing an event, now and then you don’t do what pleases some­one, and that’s what we’re fine with, part of the job.

On Fri­day, while on hol­i­days, I had the priv­i­lege of host­ing the Ephemera launch, which was great fun, not a big job, so when fin­ished went to have a wine with my girl.

It was there I copped it from a lady for not thank­ing the vol­un­teers, which I had not, true it was not on my sheet, but not the point, I should have re­mem­bered as I look af­ter them each year.

And the Mayor copped it too I may add, but she wasn’t there – it was all on me. Why I men­tion it is, a vol­un­teer came up who heard and said, ‘ Pricey, that’s not what vol­un­teer­ing is all about, it’s about the hon­our of do­ing the job, and the thanks is in the joy we give’. How nice is that? I did grab the mic and do a ded­i­ca­tion to the vol­un­teers, to all vol­un­teers. I’m sure she’s a lovely lady, and the vol­un­teer work for Ephemera is so ful­fill­ing. I know, be­cause that night I was a vol­un­teer too. Ephemera for­ever! Happy Days, Ooroo.

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