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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A World Apart
Fine May weather attracted a record number of visitors to the World Apart tourism promotion in the south of the Scenic Rim region last weekend. Many people visited all five venues - Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages, Classi di Cucina Italiana, Mt Barney Lodge, Rathdowney Alpacas at "Triple Peaks" and Jeni Seale and Barry Marshall at Ridgeline Studios.
All hosts offered free tastings and the opportunity to discover what the Mt Barney area has to offer. Here are some photos of the event:
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Wild Mountains visit
Wild Mountains Environmental Education Centre is situated on Levers Plateau, and last week we were privileged to visit the Centre.
We were greeted by Susan and Richard Zoomers, who started the centre 30 years ago, and by Justin and Liz Hills, who have joined the Zoomers in recent years.
Richard explained that as a young man, he was involved in campaigns to save the Franklin River in Tasmania from being dammed, and the Daintree in far North Queensland from being developed. Such campaigns, while successful, polarised the communitites, so Richard and Susan decided that educating people to value and protect the environment would be their life's work.
Helped by Liz and Justin, they provide structured programs to primary, secondary and tertiary students, which entertain as well as educate. Many of these people have become committed to protection of the environment, and have continued to visit Wild Mountains as volunteers.
After morning tea we went for a walk through the forest, where Richard and Susan explained rainforest ecology. Much work has been done there in weed control, and a lot more planting. It was wonderful to see such healthy rainforest.
After lunch Justin gave us a tour through the straw bale house he and Liz are building with the help of family and volunteers. This house is based on sustainable practices, and will be water and energy efficient.
To top off this lovely day, we stopped on the way down the mountain to admire the view and to observe a koala in a roadside tree.
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Birdsong recital a big success
There was a full house for the Birdsong recital by Hartley Newnham and Nicholas Routley in Ipswich last Sunday. The owners of historic Rockton House kindly made their lovely home available for the concert, and supplied wine and nibblies afterwards.
The concert featured a thousand years of music and songs around the theme of birds, including some of Hartley's own compositions. Hartley was supported by Nicholas's brilliant piano playing, and the recital commemorated 40 years of this creative partnership.
Many Scenic Rim residents travelled to Ipswich to see the concert again, after having seen it performed at Hartley's home in Rathdowney late last year.
In the audience was opera singer Bradley Daley, who has recently sung Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Opera Queensland. He will sing Siegmund in Opera Australia's production of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen later this year.
We look forward to more concerts by Hartley and Nicholas in the Scenic Rim.
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Arts in the Olives
The Arts in the Olives Festival gets more popular every year! Hosted by Sue and Rob Overell in their Darlington olive grove, the festival raises funds to create and install public art in the region.
Many celebrated Mothers' Day in this delightful rural setting, with lots of workshops, music. food and market stalls. Here are some photos of the day: