Parkes Floral Art Group
Meets: 3rd Friday of the month, 1.30pm
Venue: Cook Park Community Hall, Welcome Street, Parkes
Contact: Ann Crasti 0421 902 135 firstname.lastname@example.org
Parkes Floral Group will celebrate its 35th Anniversary in 2015.
Over the years the group has enjoyed the participation and guidance of many talented floral designers including Kay Maxwell, Loretta Williamson, Shirley Hunter and Roma Stevens.
Parkes Floral Fair has become recognized in our community as an important annual event receiving sponsorship and support from many local businesses and individuals.It is held each year at the Parkes Leagues Club and incorporates floral art competitions and demonstrations over a two day period.
Next year we are delighted to have the NSW FAA meeting in conjunction with our regular programme on May 16th and 17th 2015.
This year we were asked by Parkes Shire Council to provide arrangements for the visit of Marie Bashir to the area and this, along with the annual Parkes District Show, provided a showcase for some stunning designs. Some of our members were also able to travel to other events in both NSW and South Australia and the reports and new techniques learned were enjoyed at our meetings.
We look forward to 2015 and to sharing our celebration in May with NSWFAA members from other parts of NSW.
34th Annual Floral Fair : Variety with Flowers
17th and 18th May 2014 – Parkes Leagues Club
Further details from Roma Stevens (02)6862 1349
Some photos from our recent Annual District Show PA & H association. Roma Stevens, was successful as Champion in Open section with her arrangement in “Springtime with a Figurine”
Colleen Cusack 1st in Open with “3 tier “Arrangement
Eve Hayes 1st in Open with “Flying High & Free”
We have enjoyed a most successful year, visiting Condoblin and demonstrating to their very enthuastic Garden and Floral Art Group, as well. November will see another workshop for the Beginners, and we will hold our usual Christmans luncheon to wind up the year. Planning is in hand for 2014 Floral Fair.
Parkes Floral Art Society Inc.
(Colleen Cusack Secretary)
PARKES FLORAL ART SOCIETY 33rd FLORAL FAIR HUGE SUCCESS
MRS SHIRLEY HUNTER WINS KAY MAXWELL PERPETUAL AWARD FOR THE 10th TIME.!!!
Parkes Floral Art Society held their 33rd Annual Floral Fair on May 4th & 5th
Holy Family School hall is where the members showcased their artistic ability in interpreting the special sections of the schedule with the theme being “Let’s go Overseas”.
President Shirley Hunter OAM, welcomed guests who had travelled from West Wyalong, Narromine, Orange, Forbes, Eugowra, Bogan Gate, and of course our Judge & Demonstrator from Kempsey.
The afternoon commenced with the Official Opening by Councillor Barbara Newton, who spoke so elegantly about the history of Floral Art going back thru the ages to early Egypt, her appreciation of the arrangements on show, and the importance of bringing community together with such a function as the Parkes Floral Fair. Councillor Newton later assisted Pres Shirley Hunter in the presentation of prizes.
We were also honoured to have the daughters of the Late Kay Maxwell, Paula Medlyn & Carla Rauchle with us to present the prestigious Kay Maxwell Perpetual Trophy
Special mention also of Roma Stevens, who won the RHS 150 yrs Anniversary Medal for Most Successful Exhibitor.
And the youngest exhibitor Natalie Hayes of Eugowra, who had a number of entries in various sections won the Popular Vote with her entry “Elegance of England”
We were transported from the “Call of Hawaii with Fruit & Flowers”,, to” Fun in the Sun in Spain,” thru to the” Flamboyance in South Africa” , trekking in the “Fantastic Foliage of New Zealand,”
The Highlands of “Scotland with tartan’s on display, to” England’s Elegance,”
On to” Gay Paree”, down to “Japanese Simplicity”, then on to “Autumn in Canada”, “Down Mexico Way,” finally arriving at a “Carnival in Rio”.
Demonstrator Mary Sweeney, of Kempsey, was able to assist the exhibitors by talking about their arrangements and offering helpful advice about the points in her judging.
The huge crowd on Saturday was enthralled as she transported the audience on a World tour to all the World Floral Art Shows she had attended, then making the arrangements appropriate to the places she mentioned. Mary spoke so fluently about the people and places as she demonstrated the art of Flower arranging, engaging everyone with her tales of “finding” bits and pieces on the way which she used to complete the arrangements. Mary”s assistant was her husband Terry, who knew exactly what she wanted next to add to her arrangement , they really worked well as a team.
The Parkes International Motor Inn, generously hosted Mary & Terry for the week-end.
Our members gained a great deal of knowledge from the demonstration and were really grateful to have the opportunity to witness such expertise. Mary completed some 8 arrangements which she donated to the committee and which were later raffled .
Of course the afternoon would not be complete with out the “Lavish afternoon tea”. And the crowd were not disappointed.
Sunday saw another happy crowd thru the doors to view the arrangements and enjoy the Morning tea Provided.
Our thanks go to all those who helped in any way, in the staging of our very successful 33rd Floral Fair.
We now have our thinking caps on to plan the next one.