The Belalie Art Gallery was full to the brim with joyous cheer as the spotlight was firmly placed on well-known local artist Helen Pammenter for her 90th birthday.
Mrs Pammenter’s work is being showcased in a special exhibition at the Jamestown gallery, titled Celebrating the Years, to commemorate her birthday milestone.
A beautiful rendition of ‘happy birthday’ was sung to Mrs Pammenter at the exhibition’s opening on Sunday afternoon for all to hear in the Mid North town.
Addressing the enormous crowd that gathered for the celebration, Mrs Pammenter said she was overwhelmed by the opening.
Mrs Pammenter explained to the gathering her life before developing skills in art.
It was art classes at Gladstone High School which she said changed her life. Her work has been showcased across the state, nation and the world including England, Canada, the US and Indonesia.
Marion McCall OAM, the wife of the former Bishop of Willochra David McCall, officially unveiled the exhibition. Bishop McCall was also in attendance.
Mrs McCall first met Mrs Pammenter 30 years ago while live in Gladstone. “Helen, you’re pretty terrific,” she said at the opening. “You became just fantastic.”
“Not only is she generous with her paintings, she’s generous with her time.”
Belalie Art Society chair John Voumard described Mrs Pammenter as extraordinary. Mrs Pammenter is donating proceeds from her exhibition to the Jamestown Swimming Pool Management Committee and the Jamestown Hospital Auxiliary.