The COMMUNITY CABINET meeting held at the South Fremantle Senior High School was a big draw card for the locals. It was party time outside with good music, a real and a fake sheep, a gorgeous mermaid and her helper and many community groups trying to get their message across with placards and large banners. It was all in good spirit but for a few old men in the pro fishing lobby group who took it upon themselves to abuse people with a different opinion. I was told that one of them even slashed a banner with a knife. Idiot!
Prime Minister Julia Gillard impressed at every level, first connecting in a very warm and natural way with the people when mingling with the crowd, and later at the Q&A where she performed strongly.
I took lots of photos for the Fremantle Herald, so I am going to publish only one of them here. If I have more energy tomorrow I might put some more on. It’s been a long day.
Merrick Belyea is a figurative painter in the tradition of historic painters such as Matthias Grünewald and Pieter Bruegel, yet brings a 21st century cynicism to the way the human form is depicted. Bold and striking paintings portray a humanity under assault from an unseen enemy and ask the viewer to consider who this enemy may be.
In these paintings, Merrick Belyea uses high-octane reds, oranges and bright yellows to represent the human form under siege. These figures are twisted, scrubbed, erased and chopped to an inch of their lives, leaving behind only a ghost of their existence. The tension between the haunting subject matter and the strange poetic beauty of the paintings, engages both the eye and the intellect.
Merrick Belyea has been exhibiting in Western Australia for 20 years and has contributed to exhibitions nationally and internationally. His work has been acquired by major public and private collections, including Artbank.. This will be his sixth solo exhibition with Gallery East
The works can be viewed on http://www.galleryeast.com.au/exhibit/current/main.htm from 4 April
Today I want to praise someone who has done so much for Fremantle. We often forget to show our gratitude to those wealthy people who sacrifice so much to give back to the community, those corporate citizens who go out of their way to beautify our cities and lives.
Without this person we would not have had this iconic building that passengers of cruise ships see first when going ashore.
While Sydney got the Opera House and Melbourne Federation Square, we in Fremantle, thanks to the generous donation by Marilyn New, have the Woolstores.
Thank you Marilyn for generously giving us this monument to decay and greed. The people of Fremantle will be in your debt forever.
The City Of Fremantle has been serious in its attempt to revitalise King Square. On Friday Summer Square Sounds finished for this season and today the MUSIC TO OPEN YOUR MIND event was held to raise awareness of mental health.
As someone who suffered from depression 16 years ago I welcome that mental health has been discussed more openly in recent years. If today’s event only makes one person aware that help is available and that you don’t have to fight depression all on your own, it has been money well spent.
Photos copyright Roel Loopers Profile Photography
The SKILLED CORPORATE TRIATHLON was held in Fremantle this morning and hundreds of people joined in. The swim leg started from Bathers Beach, after that the runners went sight seeing on the South Mole, before grabbing their bikes on The Esplanade and speeding along Marine Terrace.
Photos copyright Roel Loopers- Profile Photography