Webs, weeds and wisdom: The third weekend in September is time for turning

With the wind howling off the snow last week, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was still winter and a cold welcome for our festival visitors. Yet, enthusiasm for music, dance and poetry drew so many to town. Foot stamping and hand clapping! What a way to chase the cold in the warmth of friendships and conviviality. The Turning of the Wave festival has once again proved an enjoyable event and I’d like to make a big call out to Janno Scanes, in particular, and all those who helped make the weekend so special.

Well, I trust you were well rugged up if you were out at Cooma Cottage to see the sculptures. The wind was that strong on Friday evening, we had to fight our way around. I would have thought there’d be a bit of damage. Not so! Even the recycled cyclists of Roger Buckman, whirling on route, used the wind to full advantage, without loss. And Genessee II clung to its solitary perch, in defiance of the wind. Of course, I had to check out those witty, larger-than-life sunglasses made by Al Phemister, consider the personal heart-rhythm sculptures of Naomi Royals, and be alarmed that eggs sheltering in an enormous nest might have a giant raptor mother! Fortunately a Portal nearby could provide an escape! Take a child or two and have fun imagining a different world. Take a friend and just walk and talk and enjoy a fine exhibition in a beautiful setting.

Janno Scanes (centre), coordinator of the Turning Wave Festival, with members of Green Shoe on a Bender during a rehearsal. Photo: Toby Vue

Janno Scanes (centre), coordinator of the Turning Wave Festival, with members of Green Shoe on a Bender during a rehearsal. Photo: Toby Vue

Visit Cooma Cottage and view the sculptures made by our local youth. It’s thrilling to see the huge talent they demonstrate. I marvelled at the artistic maturity revealed in their short rationales. The creator of Comfortable in Her Skin wrote that her woman’s “not perfect, but proud of who she is”. Such wisdom! More wisdom in the rationale for The Boat: “...the slight tilting of the boat represents the ever changing surface of the water, and that even when things are still, we are moving”. The exhibition continues till October 8.

- KATE WALKER