Running Waters 2, June 2015

Our second camp at Running Waters in 2015 was just as enjoyable and productive as the first. We will never tire of this beautiful location as it constantly yields more surprises and creative adventures. We had many visitors in the night,  brumbies and feral cattle, as we were obviously camped on ‘their ‘ waterhole. This was a little alarming at times but generally pretty entertaining as they ventured ever nearer to sleeping(?) swaggers. Its impossible not to appreciate the beauty of the brumbies, even though they cause so much damage to the land, which is currently incredibly dry providing little nourishment, so these ferals are starting to suffer. On a happier note we were graced with Jackie Simon’s fabulous voice and her encyclopaedic repertoire of songs… ‘just give me the first few bars or a few words’ she’d say, and she would deliver a magnificent  rendition of an old favourite. We had an exciting collaboration with the claypan, as you will see from the photos. We used a little water in the dried brumby hoofprints to create a beautiful panting medium right there in situ.  It is a remarkable location, the claypan, a very special aspect of our Running Waters campsite!

Camper, Sandra Graham has contributed some beautiful photos to this blog. Thank you Sandra! Sandra’s images are all captioned as hers, otherwise the photos are taken by me, Deb. Just click on an image to see the slideshow…

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Ruby Gap Reunion at Belbora NSW

 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.

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.

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