Moree artists’ gift to Fairview Nursing Home nears delivery
THROUGH the good times as well as the bad there has always been one unyielding constant in Moree: the giving nature of its generous townsfolk.
These are the people who shun the limelight while working tirelessly for the betterment of the community.
They are the behind-the-scenes people who prefer to go about their business quietly, walking ever so softly through the streets of their town.
But, gee, do they leave huge footprints.
Such a group has been working tirelessly for the past 18 months on a majestic project of leviathan logistics, and with the help of local organisations and volunteers the fruits of their labour will soon be recognised.
Fairview had the wall, Moree had the artistic talent and Lodge Courallie had the space to make it all happen, and as a result of this collaboration Sunday Afternoon along the Mehi will be presented to the aged care facility next week.
The acrylic behemoth, measuring four metres in length and one-and-a-half metres high, is the end-result of 18 months of hard work, dedication, inspiration and a mutual love of Moree and its people, especially the elderly and infirm.
A group of local artists, with many travelling back home to Moree to work on the project, dredged a bottomless pit of incredible talent to complete Sunday Afternoon along the Mehi on time and within budget – a budget that was made possible through donations raised by a group of dedicated volunteers.
Artists Amanda Humphries, Annette Coward, Belinda Williams, Fi Claus, Ian Reardon, Janelle Boyd, Jennifer Ryan (Greentree), Kylie McNamara and Margaret Adams created Sunday Afternoon along the Mehi as a gift to Fairview, and it will be officially unveiled at the Perry James Lodge Dining Room on March 16.
Fi Claus says the incredible creation was a joint effort by a “cast of thousands”, all directed by former Fairview board member, Bette Montgomery.
“By organising this beautiful collaboration of many key figures of Moree’s visual arts community, Bette – ably assisted by her wonderfully supportive husband, Bill – has co-ordinated the creation of a very enjoyable piece of art that will brighten the dining room for the residents of Fairview,” Ms Claus said.
“The work features a view of the Mehi, which will jog many pleasant memories for viewers. There is plenty of scenery, people, birdlife, and even some equine and canine friends to keep eyes busy for hours.
“It will be like a big window to a lovely bright scene of picnics and fun river activities. We hope it will really help brighten the days of those who dine near it,” she said.
Lodge Courallie Moree Masons’ Worshipful Master Wayne Hamilton said the local organisation was only too happy to provide the perfect “studio” to bring Sunday Afternoon along the Mehi to life.
“Lodge Courallie couldn’t be happier to be involved in such a project,” Mr Hamilton said.
We are delighted that we were able to provide free-of-charge the space needed for these artists to complete Sunday Afternoon along the Mehi, and are proud to have had some form of involvement in seeing this project get off the ground and then see it finished,” he said.
Project co-ordinator Bette Montgomery said that the official unveiling of Sunday Afternoon along the Mehi will take place at Fairview’s Perry James Lodge Dining Room at 2.30pm on Thursday, March 16.
“Everybody owns Fairview, it belongs to the whole community, and the whole community is invited to come along to the unveiling,” Mrs Montgomery said.
Story: Bill Poulos
ALSO IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK
Moree’s Anna Winter a contestant on The Biggest Loser: Transformed
Well-known Moree resident Anna Winter has been off the radar for three months as one of 16 contestants on Network Ten’s new reality TV series, The Biggest Loser: Transformed. Click link for details:
Memories will be rekindled at Moree’s inaugural Nashos’ Reunion
PLEASANT memories and some maybe just a little bittersweet will be rekindled this weekend when around 200 former Nashos and returned and ex-servicemen and women converge on Moree to take part in the 2017 Nashos’ Reunion – the first of its type for the town. Click link:
Dark Eyes lights up Mallawa while Invincible Gem sparkles over Pally
A FEATURE race campaign beckons for emerging middle-distance galloper Dark Eyes – part-owned by Mallawa Picnic Race Club stalwarts Peter Taunton and Geoff Hunt – after the gelding’s easy win in the 2000m Listed Canberra Cup on Sunday. Click link:
Community spirit and artistic talent creates incredible gift for Fairview Nursing Home
IT measures four metres in length and is one-and-a-half metres high, and is a masterpiece that has been a work-in-progress for 18 long months.
Sunday Afternoon along the Mehi is the collaborative work of nine artists who freely gave their incredible talent and valuable time to create a painting for the residents of Fairview Nursing Home.
Medical services and tourism the big losers if deregulation of flight services introduced
LOCAL health services and regional tourism are likely to suffer if a plan by Transport for NSW to deregulate the Sydney to Moree flight service comes to fruition.
That is the opinion of Tourism Moree CEO Tammy Elbourne and Pius X Aboriginal Corporation chairperson Cathy Duncan, who both agree that deregulation could open the airways to substandard flight services, with a worst-case scenario being no service at all. Click link:
Moree Solar Farm a shining example of renewable success
MEMBER for the Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall today welcomed the opening of Moree’s 56-megawatt solar farm – Australia’s biggest single axis tracking solar array and the second-largest nationally. Click link:
First train brings a better deal for growers
THE first grain train from Moree’s new intermodal terminal, located at Broadbent Grain, left the station on Friday, farewelled by Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads, Maritime and Transport Kevin Anderson. Click link: