The forecast of rain (which at times was torrential) did not deter fifteen brave souls from enjoying a ferry trip to Manly on Wednesday 23 February.
We were there to see part of the Destination Sydney: The natural world exhibition at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum.
Three Australian women artists were featured: Joan Ross, whose collage-style works were derived from early convict artist Lycett; Fiona Lowry, using an air brush in largely monochromatic palettes, to depict our native vegetation and Merran Esson, whose brightly coloured ceramics reminded us of water tanks and corrugated iron sheds.
The gallery also had an exhibition of some paintings from the MAGAM collection called Sydney Harbour: Treasures from the Vault, as well as an audiovisual presentation by indigenous artist Aleta Wassell called Burumerring Nura (Wedge Tailed Eagle Country).
The visit was bookended by the mandatory coffee break at Sonoma on Manly Wharf and lunch at The Bavarian also on Manly Wharf.