An exciting project is being planned by the Potters Group to mark the 20th anniversary of our centre next year.
to follow its progress!
Welcome to the website of the Beaudesert Community Arts and Information Centre. The aim of our centre is firstly to provide a showcase for local art and craft. Amongst our talented contributors are painters, sculptors, textile artists, woodworkers, writers, musicians, paper artists and food providores. As most of our contributors also man the centre from time to time, you will meet them when you come to visit.
We also provide information for visitors to the area, and it is our staff members' personal extensive knowledge which helps people who come here from all parts of the world to enjoy our special region.
The centre is also a meeting place for community groups.
On the website you'll find out what's happening in the area, from our calendar and from our "What's on" page. There'll also be reports on recent events.
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Arts in the Olives
It was perfect May weather for the Arts in the Olives annual festival on Mothers' Day. What a wonderful venue - vistors walk through the lush olive grove and browse through the many art and craft and food stalls, and can have a look at what people are doing in the workshops. The Albert River runs through the property, and you can cross the river on the purpose-built bridge to visit yet more workshops and the popular pzza hut.
There was plenty of entertainment. Among the singers was Kelly Llewellyn, a well-known local country singer. She was accompanied in some songs by her 3-year-old daughter. A-choired Taste is a lively local choir; they entertained us in various places during the day. Many of the songs they sang reflected the ANZAC theme.
We were spoiled for choice with food. Amongst the many providers were the Wild Lime Cooking School with its various tasty curries and Cucina Italiana with its pizzas, soups and gelato.
There was a workshop for everyone this year, from backsmithing to lino printing to painting to flute-making. The cost is reasonable and everyone who takes part goes home with something to be proud of. A free workshop each time is the drumming workshop, where participants learn different rhythms and play in 3-part harmony. Just observing the workshops is educational and stimulating, but doing a workshop is very satisfying.
It's a great day for kids too, who love to play in the river. There is always a junk musical instrument group for them to try out, and they love the drums!
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Arts Trail Beaudesert
The weekend of May 2 and 3 was Beaudesert town's turn to showcase local talent through studio events. Both the Lyrebird Gallery and the Centre were open to visitors.
On Saturday the Lyrebird Gallery featured demonstrations of spinning and weaving by Nola and Hans Jattke, and painting by Christine Purtle and Rose Duffy. Hans and Nola demonstrated on wheels that Hans made - Hans's was an upright double flyer wheel called a gossip wheel, so named because two people can spin on the wheel at the same time. This is Hans's version of a wheel he saw in a museum in Dresden in the 70s. Nola was spinning on a wheel made by Hans from a maple bedhead which had belonged to her grandmother. It has a little compartment in the frame where the history of the timber is recorded.
Maureen Booth and Joan Smith displayed their lovely quilting. Maureen's vibrant lap rugs, made for disabled people, can be seen below.
On Sunday Nola Spence demonstrated how she sets up her loom to do quite complex patterns. She explained that the setting up is the most challenging part. She doesn't always use yarn; some of her work is made from rag and discarded kimono fabric cut into ribbons. She dyes a lot of her yarn with natural plants (such as wattle) and lichen.
At the Centre over the weekend, visitors were treated to wonderful woodwork demonstrations. Ben Guya, from Ben's Artworks, showed how he turns jacaranda into extremely thin-walled bowls and vessels. He then cuts patterns in the walls with a sophisticated dentist's drill. He decorates the items by airbrushing and painting with traditional brushes. His work is unique and exquisite.
Craig Schuster demonstrated his woodturning technique. His fine and varied work featured boxes and turned bowls of burl, and a large collection of reproductions of planes in wood. Craig's work is represented in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
A variety of collections could be viewed at the Centre also on Saturday and Sunday. Tex White showed his belt buckles and a variety of razors, including cut-throats! Ian Skennerton displayed books and wartime memorabilia. He showed videos of military technology, including the manufacture of hand grenades. Many others shared their collections.
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Morning tea with local member and minister
On Tuesday 20th January, a morning tea meet and greet was hosted by Jon Krause, member for Beaudesert, at the Beaudesert Community Arts and Information Centre.
Minister for Education , Training & Employment, John Paul Langbroek stood in for Arts Minister Ian Walker who was unable to attend.
Members from these organisations were represented: Beaudesert Community Arts & Information Centre Beaudesert, Beaudesert Quilters, Beaudesert Potters, Beaudesert Bush Bards, BAMS, BADCAP, RSL Sub Branch, Achoired Taste, Friends & Neighbours, Fellowship of Artists, Friends of Beaudesert Library and Beaudesert Hospital Auxiliary.
It was an informal morning tea giving people the opportunity to talk with the Minister and with our local member. About 45 people attended.
An added bit of fun was provided by Queenie & Quenton Quoll and their babies (of the endangered species - not real but toy ones). They are travelling around Queensland visiting information centres to see what attractions each area has. They had their photos taken with the Minister John Paul Langbroek and with MP Jon Krause.
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Twentieth Anniversary Celebrations
There'll be all sorts of celebrations happening in October 2015 to mark the twentieth anniversary of the formation of our Beaudesert Community Arts and Information Centre.
One of the events will be an art show on 30 and 31 October and 1 November.
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