Having missed last night’s launch of the Lane Cove Exhibition of “Sirens” I was fortunate enough to watch it this evening. May I say congratulations to all involved - Jamie for his presentation as Mayor, Sarah for her role as Minister and Gunnedah “local” , but especially to Marie and Alyssa for their wonderful introduction - and probably more importantly, for their terrific concept for the exhibition. I am sure that I can speak on behalf of the Sister Cities Working Group and say how proud we are of you all. It was most unfortunate that the planned Sister Cities contingent, including the band, could not attend. The value of the Sister City relationship was amplified by the Lane Cove Mayor in her comments. Marie and Alyssa, we all look forward to your next concept for an Exhibition - it will have to be good to equal or surpass this one!
I am struggling to find the words to describe The Sirens of Gunnedah exhibition by Alyssa Barwick and Marie Low, which opened on Friday night in the gallery of the Creative Arts Centre. Commonplace words such as amazing, incredible, outstanding and exceptional are barely adequate to describe this exhibition, which is basically a photographic treat encompassing fashion, design, dance and hair and make-up. It was brilliant – the concept, the time and extraordinary detail which must have been required to put it together, the catchy accompanying text to the photographs. It dazzles and sparkles and it’s not possible to convey a word picture of what you see – you will have to see it for yourself. Sirens will be on show in the Creative Arts Centre until January but I suggest that you take the chance to see it in the next week or two – and it’s free admission, too. It’s another example of the deep well of flair and creative talent of people in Gunnedah. Five stars to the creators. RON McLEAN