Actually, I will get ahead of myself - cos it's so lovely.
The Alice is also a centre for the booming Aboriginal art industry.
As well as traditional art forms, often of immense power and beauty (though - being mainly recountings of sacred Dreamtime stories, and ceremonies, details which may not be seen by uninitiated people are left out - and men and women may never see the more sacred bits of each others' ceremonies and story representations) - many artists are branching out into non-traditional art forms.
A pioneer in this was Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira (I will give you some sites for him later) - who became a famed landscape painter - at great cost to himself, as he was caught between two worlds.
Anyhoo - he came from the Hermannsburgh Mission - and his people, and descendants, are still making great stuff.
Of current great fame are a group of women known as the Hermannsburgh Potters -
and here is some of their work!!!!!
As you can see (AND GO LOOK< OK?!) they are branching out from pots to paintings - which, as far as I can see, are becoming increasingly abstract.
Ah - I will whet yer appetite: hope they work
here is their website:
Me feller is buying a fabulous painting!