People's Choice Award at this year's Art Beyond the Divide show named in memory of a supportive brother.JAN WILLIAMS August 27, 2014 3:23am
Popular Seymour and District Art Society member Wid Bradley has generously sponsored the People’s Choice Award in the upcoming Art Beyond the Divide exhibition.
It is in memory of her late brother Ronald McInnes, the eldest of five children — a kind and honest man who was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and never wanted anything other than to ‘‘go to sea’’ like his father.
This gentle man was a merchant seaman all his life and was known for his talented drawing skills.
Ron was especially proud and supportive of his sister Wilda (Wid) when she was accepted into the Glasgow School of Art at the age of just 16, and ensured that she always had the bus fare and materials needed for class. He provided her with much encouragement and positive feedback.
Ron visited Australia on a regular basis and loved the place, although his heart and loyalties always remained in Scotland.
He did, however, take home with him each time he left this ‘‘wonderfully Aussie land’’ a little piece of the country in the form of purchased artwork and pieces by his sister.
When Ron fell ill, he was aware of his sister’s enthusiastic involvement in Art Beyond the Divide and vowed that he would visit the event next year.
Sadly, Ron passed away before he could witness the popularity and success of the exhibition, which opens over the Tastes of the Goulburn/Seymour Cup weekend in October.
With his name on an art prize, Wid believes her brother is at the event in spirit, and sees this award as a perfect way to give her brother some immortality and recognition of a life well spent.
More information about Wid Bradley and other local artists can be found at www.seymourartsociety.org.au; and about Art Beyond the Divide at www.artbeyondthedivide.org.au
— Jan Williams
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