Herewith is my second catch-up post. It begins with several photos snapped during my second consecutive stint as Printmaking Judge in the Arts, Crafts and Cookery section of the Royal Melbourne Show (23 September - 3 October). This year first-time Painting Judge, Shane Jones, and I joined forces to judge both sections.
Judging took place on Saturday, October 9. We were very ably assisted by Catherine and Helen, two delightful women from the Country Women's Association. There was a lot of work to get through, but we had an absolute ball.
|Shane Jones casts his eyes over the printmaking entries|
|- and some of the painting entries|
|L -R: Shane Jones, Catherine (standing) and Helen|
Printmaker Sharron Okines was a multiple prize winner (a First and a Third) with two linocuts from her Kitchenalia series. Her exquisite work, Kitchenalia 1020 (Nan's Crystal Bowl) not only gained a blue ribbon, but was also judged Best In Show against several strong contenders. Congratulations, Sharron!
|Admiring Sharron Okine's prize winning works, Kitchenalia 1020 (Nan's Crystal Bowl),|
top left and Kitchenalia 1012, bottom left. Photo credit: Shane Jones.
RASV judges and other volunteers, including CWA members, are certainly well looked after. Lunch was a fabulous spread.
|L-R: Shane Jones, Helen and Catherine|
Some wondrous cakes:
And impeccably crafted woodwork.
We returned to the Melbourne Show Grounds on October 2 as visitors, where we joined our friends Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison for what has become an annual occasion. An added bonus was coinciding with our mutual friend, Jill Kellett, who took the following photo. It was also great to catch up with our lovely boss, Ramona Barry, head of Arts, Crafts and Cookery.
|Pictured L-R: Gracia Haby, Ramona Barry, Shane Jones, myself, Louise Jennison and two ceramic pigs.|
Photo credit: Jill Kellett
Our favourite part of the show is the animals. Directly below, the reigning champion of the Rescue Dog High Jump takes a bow.
Equally riveting was the short hair cat judging. We are fortunate to be acquainted with one of the judges. Jill Kellett's sister, Dr. Kerry Fowler (pictured below) is one of Australia's most respected cat judges.
It was the first time in public for this dear little fellow. It was hard to believe - Tiger was so friendly, relaxed and adored people, all of whom returned the compliment. In the immediate background right are Jill Kellett and Louise Jennison.
Another highlight was visiting the goats.
|L-R: Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison|
|Photo credit: Shane Jones|
Next year Gracia and Louise will be joining the RASV team as paper and book binding judges. Meanwhile, the four of us are eagerly anticipating our visit to the Ballarat Show in November!