Sunday, November 12, 2006

Swanage Centre of the Art Universe

What a brilliant weekend for the arts in Swanage. Friday night we all repaired to Quarr gallery for the preview of the new exhibition and the official unveiling of the portrait of Keith and Jane by Freya Boyesen. The picture was fantastic as was the rest of the exhibition. Freya's contact is: should you want a portrait of your own. There was a great turn out, we all had a glass or two of wine and went home very happy. By the way, Happy Birthday, Keith.

Saturday lunch time we repaired to the Mowlem Community Room where there was an exhibition bysome of the more established Purbeck artists. It really showed that Art can happen in the Mowlem but it takes a lot of hard work.

I gather there was live music and fun in the evening but I had to forgo that in order to attend the official opening of the Ranger School of Dance studio. We had cake and another glass or two of wine. The new studio is a tremendous piece of work and by dint of a lot of fundraising we now have a state of the art studio with proper facilities. Over the last forty years, June Ranger and now her daughter Caroline, have probably done as much as anybody to promote quality of the arts in Swanage. Generations of her pupils have gone on to professional careers or just to appreciate excellence in dance as audiences. June has also done her bit to support other arts activities and has always tried to drive up standards. Good for her and all the friends and supporters of the school. The next part of the project is to equip the upstairs as a small music studio or rehearsal space. It will cost in the region of £30,000 so let's do what we can to help.

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