A big thankyou

Letter to the Editor – a big thankyou

Dear Editor

Despite COVID and the fires – or maybe it’s because of them – this year’s River of Art Festival which finished on Sunday was a huge success. And we’d like to thank everyone who contributed.

We had to trim the festival down to respond to the COVID restrictions, but there was no trimming the creative spirit which the participating artists demonstrated so strongly. They were determined to make this festival very special because of what everyone, including themselves, has been through in recent months. That artistic resilience showed through no matter the event – the Open Studios, Art on Parade, the exhibitions and performances or our newest addition, REVIVE murals.

Like the artists who are a keystone to our festival, so too are the shop owners and other local businesses, as well as community organisations, schools and libraries who are so gracious in either sharing their premises with the art or making it possible for it to be created.

This year, the business chambers in Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma as well as our sister festival, the Oyster Festival, played such an important role in helping us introduce REVIVE. And without the support of the Eurobodalla Shire Council both in kind and very importantly, in cash, REVIVE wouldn’t exist and our festival would have been a lot poorer.

The theme for our festival this year was resilience and renewal. But that resilience was tested even during the festival when two Narooma businesses featuring the work of local artists, were destroyed in a fire which also badly damaged neighbouring shops and the art they were displaying. Our hearts go out to those affected by this fire.

Overall, a huge thank you to everyone who has helped and contributed in all sorts of ways to this year’s festival. It wouldn’t have happened without you.

Di Jay and Vicki Lascelles,

Co-chairs and on behalf of the River of Art committee

28 September 2020.

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