The South West Porcelain Artists Association produced a newsletter with information re happenings in the membership towns and this was invaluable for keeping in touch with fellow painters in a wide area. Porcelain painting was still very active and Jaybees studio was a contact point for weekly classes and as Ken quoted "many lessons on the phone for those in distant places, though how they know what colour they are talking about without seeing it, is beyond me!"
Our Grenfell group remained strong and supported the Grenfell show and Henry Lawson Festival for many years with competitive displays and financial donations. We still hosted occasional tutors from other areas including the very popular French tutor, Gigi Branch who stayed with the Boltons a few times. Gigi became a close friend and enjoyed homegrown eggs for breakfast, hated getting up in the morning, and loved a BBQ with a glass of red wine. Her seminars were always booked out. Sylvia Brind and Joan Bolton were commissioned by Weddin Shire Council to paint a mural on tiles to depict Grenfell areas (similar to the curtain hanging at the art gallery). This was to commemorate the Centenary of Federation. The finished mural is 6ft x 3ft and is fixed to the motel wall in Grenfell.
Grenfell group held an annual Christmas lunch and one memorable year, Joan suggested wearing something very `Christmassy`. Bev Kennedy took that idea to heart and wore a Santa suit! Our Grenfell group consisted of locals as well as painters from Bendick Murrell, Cowra and Young.
Final episode next week...