Gallery built on back of vol­un­teer masses

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

THE lo­cal gallery is for­tu­nate to have an army of over 50 vol­un­teers to call upon in times of need.

In the art world they are very well re­spected and have a rep­u­ta­tion of pro­fes­sion­al­ism, hard work and cre­ativ­ity.

The cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tion at the SRAG is Whis­per­ing Land. When you walk into the gallery you will see a won­der­ful and eclec­tic ex­hi­bi­tion. It is some­times hard to imag­ine the hours of work by the artists to cre­ate the art, and the sub­se­quent time that it takes to put to­gether an ex­hi­bi­tion.

“Whis­per­ing Land, with He­len Tur­risi and San­dra McEwan, is a cel­e­bra­tion of our place. San­dra’s pho­tog­ra­phy epit­o­mises the place and time of the

Gran­ite Belt. A place bound with so many gen­er­a­tions and mem­o­ries that her sharp lens cap­tures and van­guards our own rec­ol­lec­tions,” gallery direc­tor Mary Find­lay said.

“He­len’s muse, the earth and the crea­tures that sur­round her, goes deep, with a real sense of con­nec­tion to the nat­u­ral world and to our foot­print on this place. Her work is so very dif­fer­ent and in­ter­est­ing, a tes­ti­mony to her own imag­i­na­tion, sense of self and place.

“One of the chal­lenges when we were con­fer­enc­ing with He­len about her ex­hi­bi­tion, was that one of her pieces was go­ing to be quite tricky to hang.”

The gallery of­ten must solve prob­lems like this. One of their vol­un­teers, Les Fletcher, has many skills which have been called upon over the years.

“Les has sev­eral hats in the gallery; vol­un­teer rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the com­mit­tee, part of the changeover team, vol­un­teer­ing on open­ing nights, and cre­at­ing and de­sign­ing cus­tom built tools and pieces for in­stal­la­tions,” Mary said.

“Within two weeks and a few con­fabs with He­len the en­gi­neered hang­ing piece was cre­ated and built by Les.

“Les is one of the many vol­un­teers that sup­port the gallery and our com­mu­nity. We are so for­tu­nate that folks like Les give up their time freely. I think this is why so many peo­ple come and visit and com­ment on the great com­mu­nity spirit in Stan­thorpe,” she said.


GIV­ING A HAND: Stan­thorpe Re­gional Art Gallery vol­un­teer Les Fletcher wears plenty of hats at the gallery.

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