1.30am Monday morning and the forty mini-poster colour prints are packed up and ready to be bused over to Jim Crofts Studio in Alexandria later today. Not a bad effort when one considers that eight days ago there was nothing in the wind on a artistic level going forward. The cardboard two-side flyer in dummied up and all the text, front cover image and St. Vincent’s logo are burnt onto disc and ready to be posted to Printwarehouse in Strathfield South also later today. The process in now mechanical from now on.
On a personal level I really hope the exhibition finds an interesting audience and that the Native America: Dinetah to the Greasy Grass inspire and educates the doctors, specialists, nurses, patients and the general public at large. I especially hope it helps the long term patients housed in the hospital as they recover from their operations and illnesses. And fingers crossed that art loving individuals support the January/February exhibition and purchase enough limited edition prints to pay the exhibition costs and this will also allow for the twenty percent of each sale that will be donated to St. Vincent’s Healing Arts Program and the Hospital’s growing art collection.
If not I reckon it may well be the last time I put my hand in my own pocket for a good cause. Fingers crossed it finds a good caring audience who see the value in the arts! Pictured below is Sun Sun Lehi a enrolled member of the Crow Nation. Over the last seven years I have bumped into Sun Sun on three separate occasions. First in 2006 at the Crow Fair in southeastern Montana. We met again in 2008 at the Plains Indian Museum Powwow in Cody, Wyoming. And during the short Great Plains trip of 2009 we again met at the Crow Fair and together in the afternoon sunlit we created some fine imagery together. This image of Sun Sun Lehi will be represented in the Native America: Dinetah to the Greasy Grass exhibition.
In closing I must say that I am extremely pleased with the creative efforts over the last eight days. The mini-posters look fantastic and the colours are dynamic. One interesting milestone regarding the showing of the Native America Photographic Exhibition is the fact that it will be my thirty-third year as a working artist. Still current and still walking around in shoe leather!!!
Native America: Dinetah to the Greasy Grass 2008-2013
With all my creative processes now completed for the exhibition it gives me time to reflect on the words that are published on the cover of the St. Vincent’s Hospital’s Healing Arts Program Brochure. “Art is one of the ways in which our humanity is reinforced. The artists, in the very act of creation, remind us that we care for each other by giving of ourselves.” Nice way to complete thirty-three years as a working artist. I have had lots of fun putting together the six year digital photographic exhibition that at present is showing at one of Sydney, Australia’s Premier Hospitals.
Time now to get ready to ride into the sunset much like the old cowboys and Indians from the black and white television series that I watched each night in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s while living on the Magdalene Gardens Housing Estate in Edinburgh, Scotland. At that early age I never for one moment imagined that my life journey would take me out onto the American Southwest and Great Plains to record the true historical happenings that was the wild west!
To purchase a limited edition print please contact Katarina Cvitkovic on 8382-4291 or Kim Vaughan on 8382-3581. If both these two numbers are busy then contact Andrew Hogarth on 0407135008. The limited edition prints for this particular exhibition at St. Vincent’s Hospital are reasonably priced at $235.00 each and with a lower than normal edition of 1 to 25. These prices and edition numbers are not repeated for the negative collections, Native Lands, Powwow and Great Plains.