The year 1996 saw us celebrating our 10th anniversary with a lovely exhibition day at Harden, hosted by the Young group. A special cake was cut by President Robyn Moore and member Judy Wilkinson from Young.
By this time our membership was healthy and we had our own beautiful banner , made by Grenfell member Sylvia Brind.
We were still hosting several tutors including some from overseas as well as from far flung areas. These were mostly 2 or 3 day seminars and entailed a very regimented plan, as most of us had young children as well as working husbands who all required some TLC.
Some of us attended seminars and exhibitions in other areas as well and I recall very fondly, the days of living and breathing all things porcelain painting when attending conventions in Australia and overseas and bringing back new ideas for our groups.
We held a Reunion day in 2004 for all past and present painters. This day saw over 70 painters from Albury, Dubbo, Coonamble, Orange, Blayney, Bathurst, West Wyalong, Young and Grenfell and all points between, which shows how large an area our membership came from. Surely this day was one of the best fellowship days we ever held, many girls were no longer painting, but all shared some tales of 'remember when'.
We closed our school workroom and then met at Jaybees China studio. The South West group continued, but exhibitions were now only 1 day and seminars less in number.
Stay tuned next week for episode 6…..