First ‘portal’ well received
RUTHERGLEN Wine Experience became a trip back in time last Friday evening.
A healthy crowd spilled onto the roundabout and dodging the heavy transports for the opening of ‘High Times and Hard Times’, the first entry in the Portals Into Rutherglen exhibition.
Irena Webster from Arts Rutherglen said the idea came about last year and developed into a full blown project creating a combination of telling local stories in an artistic way.
“We combined Rutherglen’s great ‘port’ into a ‘portal to the past’ for this exhibition.” she said.
Chiltern artist Kirrily Anderson said that the response to her creation had been overwhelming and that it had been a delight to combine history, traditional and digital art into her window portal.
“I took quite a liking to Archibald Aitken who purchased the general store in 1891, his bright eyes and well-groomed appearance shows that he was an attractive young man,” she said.
A feature of the evening was the speech by David Smith, great grandson of Percy Fullerton, who was a partner in the business.
Mr Smith grew up in Rutherglen, travelled the world and now lives in the Northern Territory where he travelled from to attend Friday’s launch.
“I heard about the portals project on Facebook and got down here as soon as possible, it’s great to retrace the past, and the buildings,” he said.
He said Rutherglen had changed in some ways and stayed the same in others.
“The friendly people are just the same, and there has been plenty of progress as well.”
LAUNCH: Kirrly Anderson, David Smith and Irena Webster at last week’s first ‘Portals Into Rutherglen’ exhibition.