The name of Alex and Jerri’s property is Terra Mater, the experience of being there lives up to its name in every way; generous, beautiful, and embracing. It is high on a hill overlooking an enchanting vista of changing light, green hills, mountains and clouds. There is no shortage of inspiration, right there, through the huge windows. The house is like a gallery, open plan with plenty of wall space covered with Jerry’s assemblages. Her work is ingenious, quirky, and bold. She utilises objects and materials sourced from her travels around the globe, and I might add, Central Australia. Though her work is playful, full of extraordinary characters from the pantomime of life, some works decry political outrage in a muffled scream, while others hold the stillness of spirituality, all is infused with poetry and Jerri’s very special joi de vivre.
In June 2012 participants on our Ruby Gap camp had such a wonderful time together that they planned a reunion later that same year at the property of Alex McKay and Jerri McElroy (camp participants) at Belbora, near Gloucester in NSW. People came from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and the Glass House Mountains, and of course Charlie and I were there too. We had a wonderful weekend of painting, eating and reconnecting. Such fun it was, that five of those same lovely folk came with us again for another dose of Ruby Gap magic, this year, 2014. Once again, we reconvened at Belbora in November, for another weekend of painting, play, and shear gluttony.