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Picture - flooding in Milton, Brisbane- location of Grahame Galleries.
A number of us around Australia have received this email from Noreen Grahame in Brisbane whose gallery has been seriously affected by the recent floods. Noreen was responsible for setting up the artists' book fairs here in Australia and is one of the only commercial gallerists in the country who has consistently supported artists' books as an artform for many years - she has set up a paypal account and if you want to help her you can donate money directly at her website.
I just wanted to bring you up to date with flood events here.
I have now set up a mobile internet connection, so I am now contactable by email.
The gallery was inundated up to just below the windows. However, we got almost everything out. I started packing art on Monday. On Tuesday with the help of family and friends we removed all the art, artists¹ books collection and personal items. We returned on Wednesday morning early but the water was half way up the back steps. This didn¹t stop Peter wading in. Annette, my neice, asked if anyone had a boat and neighbours came with a kayak. We put two big marine ply boards on top and ferried out all the white goods, the framing table, all the storage plan cabinets etc.
We did the clean up on Saturday. Lots of volunteers and family. Family could not get through to Brisbane from the north coast until then. Jean and Viv, Annette's and Peter's parents (my sister), wanted to come. They are both over 80 and went through the 74 flood, so we decided they should organise the lunch for the crew. The house has been washed inside and out and disinfected. I will have to wait 4-5 week for the floors to dry out before they can be sanded. We can, though, start painting inside sooner than that. The exterior was painted about 15 months ago and does not seem to have suffered too badly.
The gallery will be closed for at least 3 - 4 months and possibly longer. Even though I got everything out the cost will be circa $80,000 - $100,000 to reinstall the gallery. I lost some art that belonged to me but, as far as I can see, did not lose anything owned by artists. Owen, the landscaper, is going to redo the front garden and mulch throughout the garden at no cost.
Family, friends, neighbours and complete strangers have been fantastic.
At this stage the most helpful thing would be a cash donation, so I am asking family, friends and colleagues, if they wish to donate, to make a donation into my paypal account. (on webpage)
There is a donate button on front page.
Would you please spread the word as my resources are limited. This would be very much appreciated.
Ciao and thanks,
grahame galleries + editions
1 Fernberg Rd Milton
Brisbane 4046 Qld
PO Box 515
Paddington Qld 4064
Phone: +61 7 3369 3288
Fax: +61 7 3369 3021
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