Community – Visual, Auxiliary and Performing Arts Day

Since the last blog, have been having some very deep thinks about what this project is all about.

After failing dismally at the last attempt at funding I came to realise this event needs to be about the community.

Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to talk with a number of people involved in different areas of society and have been inspired by their commitment to their cause or interests. It also highlighted how fractured our community is when it comes to the Arts in all its many and varied forms.

As a consequence, I decided to reinvent this project with the purpose of highlighting the hidden gems of our society.

The Gold Coast is known for its Sea, Surf and Sun, for its entertainment, casinos and clubs. The hidden gem is the talent rattling away underneath the glitz and glamour, talent which needs to be bought to life, exposed to the sunshine, become part of the little known cultural aspect of the southern most tip of Queensland Australia. There is enough talent on this stretch of coastline to become a cultural mecca.

And so, with this in mind, I have been busy at work, completed is the Mission Statement, Vision Statement and Goals.

Have ordered the business cards which should be in our letter box today… have compiled a list of contacts to call, written up a script and now in the process of putting together a brochure for emailing to interested parties.

Don’t want to bore you with the mundane, but needless to say have also set a website for this project courtesy of wordpress come have a look..

Also come visit me on facebook would be very interested to find out how many people on the Gold Coast and surrounding areas would be interested in an event of this kind.

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About Ellis Burgess

A number of people have said that ‘it’ (whatever ‘it’ is) is in Ellis’s genes and to some extent they may be correct. Her grandmother painted and so did her mother. Marge Barley started painting when she was 9 years old and achieved some acclaim in New Zealand. In turn, her mother, Ellis’s Grandmother started much later in life more from compulsion than conscious desire. Ten years ago a well-intentioned friend shoved a paintbrush into Ellis’s clenched fist, forcefully moving her hand between paint pot and paper until it moved of its own volition in a frenetic frenzy attended by a torrent of tears born of bewilderment and frustration, unaware of the wild colour patterning the fury within. Ellis’s mother had passed away three years earlier from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. From these inauspicious beginnings Ellis began to paint, and for a short time attended classes at the Hamilton Society of Arts in New Zealand. Seven years ago, Ellis and her husband moved to the Gold Coast where she met Stephen Buntrock of the Gold Coast Art School. With his encouragement, painting became more than just something to do. It became a passion. Another passion is dance. Ellis loves the musical synergy of movement, the human form working with rhythm mood and emotion, sensing the freedom as the dancer soars across the floor with effortless ease. Like a lot of little girls, she was sent off to ballet in a somewhat desperate attempt by her grandfather to stop her stomping around the house. Eleven years later Ellis was selected to dance with NZ Ballet Company in a season of the Nutcracker. Did Ellis stop stomping? No. Ballet was to be her life; that was until she met the man of her dreams. Never the less, ballet has featured in much of her adult life by way of teaching and outlets of involvement. Ellis quickly discovered another outlet was painting. She spent a long time pondering on the skill set required to achieve her vision; how to portray the artistry of movement, the musicality and rhythm of dance, and the genius of the human form on canvas. Attempting different techniques, she learnt she is not an illustrator, but a painter who gravitated towards free movement. In her quieter moments Ellis often wonders what her mother would say if she were still here, left only with her paintings languishing against the wall. As an apprentice in the art of painting Ellis hopes the path ahead will be clear, perhaps meander elegantly at her will. Maybe it will broaden out to a huge piazza where she may sit for a long while, then later choose the many paths that transverse the piazza or continue again down the main road.