Over 80 people attended the unveiling of the restored works of the Lloyd Rees Legacy Project at the Old Fire Station Gallery.
The Rees family was represented by his son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Jan Rees, the surviving eminent architects who created the works as students and their families, donors to the Project – from Sydney and Canberra as well as locally, and many representatives of Kiama High School who have been involved with the project.
Six paintings – cleaned, restored by Christabel and Auguste Blackman, framed by Andrea Hope – were accompanied by eight storyboards prepared by students from the High School. The boards contain information about the artists, and correspondence between Lloyd Rees,
the school and the artists.
Mayor Brian Petschler, on his last public engagement, welcomed everyone to Kiama. He thought this story deserved to be made into a film or documentary.
Retiring School Principal John Salmon opened the exhibition, proud that he saw this project through to fruition.
All the artists spoke – many emotional about seeing the paintings again – and all paying tribute to Lloyd Rees and his influence in their lives.