It was one of those wild wet Saturdays perfect for lazing in bed watching movies or snuggling up in front of the fire with a good book. But instead work took me out into the rain-flooding streets. The trip turned out to be worthwhile for many reasons, even though a heavy down-pour had left me soaked. There was a certain synchronicity to the events that followed.
It was on the drive back from town, I caught glimpse of St David’s steeple glimmering gold. At first I wondered whether the church had been cleaned. On driving closer, I noticed that there were gold quatrefoil strung up all over the church. It was much too pretty to pass by. So I stopped to take a few snaps. As I crossed the busy road and got closer to the church I noticed that there was a wee gathering of people sitting in the rain under an old canvas soldier’s tent. They welcomed me with such enthusiasm and energy. I’ve never met such a bunch of passionate, positive and committed volunteers out in the drenching rain. Their vision is enchanting.
The Art of Remembrance exhibition is by artist Max Gimblett for Friends of St Davids. St Davids is a WWI memorial church that is in danger of being demolished. The Art of Rememberence exhibition remembers the almost 100,00 New Zealanders who served in WWI. There are 7000 quatrefoil adorning the church, each hand screen printed in seven designs. The quatrefoil are the size of a soldiers outstretched hand. The quatrefoil are for sale for $100 each to raise money for the restoration of the church in the hope that it might continue to be used as a community gathering space.The exhibition began for ANZAC day and finishes 24 July 2015.
Go see it! It’s lovely to look at, and right round the corner from Welcome Eatery, home of great espresso, brewed single-origin Supreme coffee and yummy food. I’m grateful that they were open today for a special Lonely Hearts sale. A good coffee, was just what I needed to warm my hands on this wet winter day!