Janet was a member of the Mission Community who died recently, much missed by all including her Methodonians that she lookwho ed after in her pharmacy, and Joel is a mate of Pastor Brian asked me to add them to background of the Newtown Last Supper. Here is the beginnings of Joel with Brian
Pastor Brian is leaving after 13 years serving the most disadvantaged in the community. We launched the mural in front of a huge crowd who came to see him at his farewell.
Grace and I put together this postcard and gave them out. I butchered her words crash editing them to fit on the card, so I've included what she wrote below - thanks Grace - its always so inspiring doing things with you.
and I encouraged direction and involvement by community members to
foster belonging and ownership, and to tailor the mural to the
A community member asked me what the mural was of I said
it was a ‘Australiana theme’ they exclaimed “where’s the sea?, when I
think Australia I think the Sea!”. Johno and I also asked people what
animals and plants they
thought should be included, some people chose a particular animal
because it’s their favourite such as Sue’s Frilled Necked Lizard, others
because they feel that's what represents them; Johno O'Driscoll painted
the resolute wombat to symbolise pastor Brian,
who is leaving after 13 years of going above and beyond serving the
community of Newtown through his empathy, compassion, generosity and
involvement in community development.
did have some requests that we were unable to fulfil were such as making
the sun double as a dart board (think would be a OH&S issue) as
well as repeated requests for a drop bear, ….only because I haven’t seen
one and don’t know what they look like…
Like the animals around the billabong Pastor Brian nourished the community that gathers here, and he will be sorely missed.
When I get hold of some photos from yhe night I'll put them up here
I took a hires shot yesterday with a real camera (thanks Meg McCallum and Simeon) to use for the postcard we're printing for Pastor Brian's farewell tomorrow - this is a smaller generated copy but should print well up to about 15cm wide.
I found a bit of space for Humpback dancing out the back
Getting really close to finishing our Australiana mural now - "gettin' there" as Grace would say, a phrase that really annoyed her not long ago. She's outlining all the plants now, while I finish the animals and add a few I forgot.