We had our lovely friends, Peter and Margaret come to stay for a week. They are from the Hunter Valley region of NSW (famous for its wine). While they were here we visited a mutual friend in hospital and went shopping for a camera. We had many lunches out at Moreton Bay and the Gold Coast, took in a few movies and visited an Art Gallery. (I didn't get any blogging done, too busy having fun)
We had lunch at Cleveland. We ordered calamari rings but they threw in a few baby octopus too. TOH* wasn't impressed.
Another day we took Margaret and Peter to the Queensland Art Gallery.
They were keen to see the Yirrkala Drawings because Margaret and Peter used to teach aboriginals in the Northern Territory and they are very interested in the people's culture.
"Yirrkala Drawings’ is the first major exhibition of a group of crayon drawings on brown paper by senior Aboriginal leaders and bark painters from Yirrkala in north-east Arnhem Land; 365 drawings were produced in 1946–47 with materials provided by young anthropologists Ronald M and Catherine H Berndt. These brilliant, exuberant drawings — 81 of which are included in the exhibition — express the intricacies of Yolngu culture, clan relationships and connection to country, in dynamic lines infilled with rich colour. Developed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in conjunction with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre at Yirrkala and the Berndt Museum at the University of Western Australia."
The totems had intricate patterns
TOH was reading a book next to me one day and he asked, "What is a Rubenesque woman?"I explained that it is a woman with the similar shape of the women that artist Rubens painted, well rounded and voluptuous. So while we were at the gallery we sought out one of Rubens' women. Now TOH knows.
On the way out I admired the architecture and was taken by the juxtaposition of the statue and the person standing. We left the cultural centre and walked under the Victoria Bridge to South Bank, had lunch and caught the bus home for a nap.
*The Other Half