What a delight it was to meet up with fellow members for our summer meeting at our regular venue, the Gosford/Edogawa Commemorative Gardens and Regional Gallery. Regrettably, and for understood and respected reasons, several of our members were unable to attend and they were missed. Present were Kent Robinson, Samantha Hyde, Gwen Bitti, Verna Rieschild and Beverley George. A welcome guest was poet Michael Thorley.
After our customary informal catch-up for coffee and chat, we set off at 10:30 for our ginko around this very special garden, a perfect venue for observing the season and jotting what we see and scent, hear and touch.
Ginko over, we gathered about the round table in the quiet, downstairs meeting room we hire. Firstly we shared our jottings, thoughts and recently published haiku.
Our workshop on haiga, presented by poet Kent Robinson, was an outstanding one and deeply appreciated. It was enhanced by the presentation of a substantial number of tangible examples of Kent’s skill in this genre of linked art and haiku, as well as a thoughtfully prepared hand-out. It is noteworthy that Kent was recently invited to provide haiga to hang in an art exhibition at Bathurst Gallery.
This is a topic to revisit at a future meeting of White Pebbles, potentially with haiga created by all members ready to be shared.