In colourful dress, the Marimba Band captured the mood of the crowd with its happy, rhythmic beat and melodies. Afterwards, I had to marvel at the large number of people I'd greeted by name and talked to. Never before have I been to an occasion where I've known so many people. This is quite a revelation, as I've lived in many other country areas and cities as well.
The local baker Kyle Mansfield won two prizes for his charcoal drawings; Rowan Douglas' stunning ring sculpture was awarded a first prize, and our neighbour and good friend Richard Malpass won second prize for his large cross sculpture. This work is based around the issue of man's use and abuse of animals. The large timber cross (with burnt extremes) displays words from Genesis, written as if in blood. Graphic black-and-white pictures show scenes that most of us look upon with shame. The message is both confronting and thought-provoking. The sculpture itself is skilfully built and created.
This piece created much controversy and conversation. But isn't this what art is supposed to do?