Hundreds of art lovers flocked to a unique exhibition in a 137-year-old shearing shed outside Parkes last weekend. Approximately 200 people attended the sell-out gala opening of the St Elmo art exhibition on Saturday night, while another 200 visited the next day.
The opening night was an amazing evening of good food and entertainment reminiscent of community events at St Elmo in the past. John Den’s fire buckets enhanced the outdoor atmosphere, The Dish provided exemplary fine food complemented by award winning Twisted River and Cammeray Wines with Sydney’s String Family providing entertainment throughout the evening.
Town Crier Ken Keith called the guests to order for Deputy Mayor, Barbara Newton to open the exhibition. She congratulated the organisers, Action Club, and artists in promoting art and a community spirit. Action Club President, Gary Somers thanked Parkes Shire Council for its support, sponsors Langlands Hanlon and Ostini Wool and artist Pol Cruz for donating a ceramic bird bath for the raffle.
The next day was a perfect spring day when more people visited the historic St Elmo Shed to view the art work and enjoy a Devonshire tea provided by Parkes Quota club members. Art works sales were in excess of $13,000. Any profits from the night will be used by the Action Club to support youth in the local community.
By Stafford Orange