My Raglan Arts Weekend summed up in 3 quotes

The long weekend put on stunning summer days, with the heat and humidity dialled up to ludicrous. Thanks to everyone who braved the wilting weather to visit us at the Old School. I hope you had an inspirational, art-filled weekend, full of emotion, stories, colour, and connection – and also managed a splash and relax at the beach!

Another Raglan Arts Weekend done for the year!
Another Raglan Arts Weekend done for the year!

After 3 days of non-stop talking, I thought I’d sum up my weekend with my favourite quotes.

1. “That’s exactly how I feel right now.”

This was from a lovely lady who’s visited me every one of my Raglan Arts Weekends. Last year, my mermaids resonated with her. This time, it was my new air dancer painting. I’m really touched that creations of mine can evoke feelings like this. It made my day!

There's my air dancer, on the wall in the corner: "The sky beckoned".
There’s my air dancer, on the wall in the corner: “The sky beckoned”.

2. “My favourite is that one.”

Children and art are priceless. Either they’re ambivalent and ignore everything completely. Or they have an emphatic favourite.

One tiny lass, all blonde ringlets and wide blue eyes, trotted up and pointed imperatively at her particular favourite:

©2017, Ailene Cuthbertson, “My love, of eyes full of mischief”. Photograph, 30 cm x 30 cm
©2017, Ailene Cuthbertson, “My love, of eyes full of mischief”. Photograph, 30 cm x 30 cm

She was a talkative thing and proceeded to tell me all about the excitement of her upcoming birthday. Very cute. I have to admit I was painfully shy as a kid – there was no way I’d rock up to a stranger like that!

I also met the gorgeously precocious daughter of the Ocean Inlay folks (with the amazing jewellery in the foyer). She drifted past several times over the weekend, enchanted by this one:

©2017, Ailene Cuthbertson, Can't help but dance. Photograph, 30 cm x 30 cm
©2017, Ailene Cuthbertson, Can't help but dance. Photograph, 30 cm x 30 cm

I saw her sketching ballet shoes at one point – a budding artist and dancer!

3. “Latte, please!”

I spent the weekend with fellow artists, the lovely Marise Rarere and Dominique Marriott. They’re both ridiculously talented. And great company – which was fortunate since we were hanging out in the same room for 3 days solid! Thanks for the coffee runs and encouragement and support you guys.

My corner of the Old School Arts Centre at the Raglan Arts Weekend.

Pretty sure we were slightly mad by the end of each day… but we did have a ton of fun!

So there you have it – another magical Raglan Arts Weekend. Thanks again to all my visitors. It was great to see you.

So what’s next? Well, it must be time to tell you about my adventures with an air dancer!!! (That many exclamation marks and you know it’s going to be awesome!)

Keep on shining bright,

Ailene