SYLVIE’S WONDERFUL WAKE
Great people tend to have great friends and Sylvie Stern was no exception. People from every walk of art turned up in veritable droves at M16 Artspace yesterday afternoon to remember Sylvie. As one might expect it was none too difficult to strike up a conversation with complete strangers. Two walls of photographs and a slide show (by her partner Zoe) reminded us of a glamorous, action packed life (and importantly Sylvie’s love of animals, especially dogs). The RSPCA bucket was stuffed with big notes by the end of the day. Everyone had been touched by Sylvie’s good works and the time had come to consider life after Sylvie. Her incredible reach into every corner of Canberra’s art scene was clearly evident as musicians, actors, dancers, visual artists, curators, public servants … well everyone …. waxed lyrical and told stories of encounters with the Stern magic. Sylvie has left Canberra, with its reputation for a tight knit and supportive arts community, to its own devices. Life without Sylvie will be a challenge but her memory and example will linger for a long time to come. Our thoughts today are with her family and Zoe who is doing it tough right now. A very big thanks to Jas, Frank, Julie, Amelia and everyone at M16 for hosting this wonderful afternoon of memories ….