First ‘por­tal’ well re­ceived

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS - By WENDY STEPHENS

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.”

PHOTO: Wendy Stephens

LAUNCH: Kir­rly An­der­son, David Smith and Irena Web­ster at last week’s first ‘Por­tals Into Rutherglen’ ex­hi­bi­tion.

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