i received a call last week from the curator of the Barossa Regional Gallery
seems my series 'ridgeline' won an award at the Latitude exhibition
you can find images and the story about this work is in my previous post
awards are funny things
after i spoke on the phone i immediately remembered receiving , on a number of occasions
awards that came at the end of a year of sunday school
everyone got one i suppose?
the one pictured above was for 'good attendance '
for showing up , pretty much every week
and funnily enough this particular one is from my time in Cloncurry, which is where the inspiration for ridgeline came ....
the book was a nice reward
as the showing up was the hard bit i am sure
[ having to dress in the good sunday school frock with hat in those days ..hard to imagine now ....
tho at age 11 or whatever , that was pretty much determined by my mother ... as it was back in the day in my household !!! ]
and it is rather how i felt about the exhibition
having my work be selected , get a place in the group , show up , for other eyes
was the hard bit
and in fact , really that was the reward
jenny sages had some interesting things to say about this
the need for an audience
for work to have a voice and a place to be seen
to 'close the circle '
i would like to thank Barossa Gallery for this award
and to my buddy India for advertising the opportunity of this exhibition to those people from further afield
also all those folk who commented on my ridgeline post ..your perspectives and comments on my work is always valued
and thanks to, to my mother and her ordered , constantly moving towns and downsized life
and to my currently fairly calm life
that allowed me to walk straight to a bookcase and find that book
and it is exactly as i remembered it ....
the guitar ...guy clark