Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Calendar Girls

It was a big night out in Ravensthorpe last Saturday 24th May at the town hall!  A  good crowd turned out to see the play Calendar Girls by Jally Entertainment and presented locally by the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council.  The event was made possible with sponsorship by Healthway.

Upon entry, the audience received a free copy of the community calendar created by the RRAC and the Ravensthorpe Community Resource Centre.  The calendar features dozens of  photographs sent in by locals depicting the many volunteers across our community.  Local community groups also sent in information to include on the calendar such as meeting dates and other events to keep us all informed as to what is happening when.  Calendars are available from the RCRC if you missed out.

Whilst waiting for the show to begin the crowd were delighted by the 89 Pink Thread Portraits on display, many placing a bid in the auction to take one home.  Door staff were also kept busy as the beautiful sunflower brooches proved popular.  Sales from paintings and sunflowers are all to go to the Leukaemia Foundation WA in true Calendar Girls spirit, with well over $1000 raised from the generous bidders!

Finally the lights went down and the play began with an amusing Tai Chi scene....and it just got better and better!  The audience were captivated by the antics on stage and roared with laughter at the many witty one liners.  It was such a fantastic show and an all round awesome night out (one particular table practically had to be kicked out well after the final curtain)! 

Thanks to the volunteers from the RRAC who brought this wonderful event to town, to those who sent in information and photos in for the Community Calendar, to the participants of the Pink Threads Portraits and to the generous bidders who purchased paintings and flowers to help us raise money for a worthy cause...together we do amazing things!

We hope you enjoy these photos of the big night!

Good to see some Jerdy folk make the trip in to catch the show!

Ally from Jally Entertainment meets the locals after the show.

Is this a proud artist, or buyer,...or both?

Some of the cast of Calendar Girls...without the cupcakes!


Pleased buyers.

Proud artist!

Busy door staff a sales get hectic!

Ainsley, RRAC Chairperson, models the Community Calendar...just how did an arts organisation end up with motorbikes on the front?

The bar staff enjoy a tea break....we hope!

Fay O'Brien, committee member of the RRAC and Country Arts WA Board Member, with Ally from Jally Entertainment.

Spot the sunflowers!

And Ally with RRAC secretary, Beck Hillier.

RRAC secretary Beck Hillier with RRAC Vice Chairperson Alice Morgan.

Love those sunflowers ladies!

These calendars are pretty good!

Another beautiful artwork brightens Aiko's day.

Of course Jally Entertainment were peddling their own Calendars.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Pink Threads Portraits Exhibition

On Saturday 24th May the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council presented the play Calendar Girls by Jally Entertainment at the Ravensthorpe Town Hall.

In the spirit of the Calendar Girls theme, the RRAC held a number of workshops across the community over the past couple of months in order to help people paint a "portrait" in the name of someone who has been affected by cancer, whether it be them, or family or friends.

The goal was to collect 100 canvases, which were provided by the RRAC, along with paints and brushes.

It was required that each canvas have a "pink thread" of some description running from left to right, so that on exhibiting the threads would link up as a representation of how we, as a community, are all linked by cancer in its various forms.

Canvases were also available for distribution and collection at the Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun Community Resource Centres.

The submitted canvases, just 11 shy of the 100 target, were exhibited on the night of the Calendar Girls play and auctioned off to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation WA.  Of the 89 canvases on display, 37 sold on the night raising a total of $855 with another $285 yet to come in for another 10 canvases that were bought by people unable to attend on the night.

The Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council would like to thank all the participants in the Pink Threads Portraits project for sharing your stories and the generous buyers of all the art work for helping us raise funds for such a worthy cause.

 We hope you enjoy the art work submitted by our marvelous community!