There is something about seeing your own work that inspires other artists out there. As part of the Riverland Creative Writing Group we decided to put on a small exhibition as part of the SALA Festival. The theme chosen was Secrets in the Open and we had 3 weeks to write up to 3 pieces of a maximum length of 800 words. Mine was about 600 odd, quite possibly the shortest piece I have ever written. I was very unsure how it would go to begin with but ended up with a small piece entitled ‘The Door’ that I was very happy with.
One night of the Writing Group, I read the piece out, picking up on a few minor errors, but it was very well received. That was the Wednesday before the piece had to be submitted. That week, the pieces were submitted and then a local visual artist was paired up with a story. We had no idea who the artist was going to be at all.
It wasn’t until today that we got to see them at the launch of the Exhibition at the Renmark Paringa Council chambers in Renmark. It was a small gathering to see the works on display at last. When I saw my piece I was very excited to see how they had responded to it. It came out a bit darker than I was aiming for, but the more I look at the story the more it fits. It was meant more with a slight fantasy edge, but I can see how the artist has gone with it. I’ll leave that up to you to decide.
The Door artwork by Nic Tubb.
Only the Perfume Remains by Debbie Dionne, artwork by Charmaine Quinn.
The Veggie Patch by Jenny Semler, sculpture by Tim Baulderstone.
The Heart of the Rose by Jenny Semmler, artwork by Suzanne Macpherson (Zuska).
Forgery, Ponies and Photos by Shelly Green, artwork by Esther Vanderveen.
The Lamp Lighter by Grizz Ball, artwork by Taylor Schramm.
Secrets in the Open by Jenny Semmler, artwork by Terry Marter.
Six Days by Karl Raams, artwork by Lorraine Marter.
Nic on the left and myself on the right.
The Writing Group and Artists that attended the event.
Thanks to Alysha for spearheading this initiative and everyone who took part.