Blue Care clients harness their creativity for Heartland
WHEN Integrated Service Manager Melinda McIntyre introduced art classes at Blue Care North Burnett she didn't imagine it would lead to the residents' artwork being displayed on the walls of the Gayndah Art Gallery during this weekend's Heartland Festival.
Ms McIntyre said she decided to introduce art classes at Blue Care to provide an avenue for disability and aged care residents to harness their creativity in a supportive environment.
"Our art classes started in February and we say they are for the young and the young at heart," Ms McIntyre said.
"We have a group of half a dozen that include disability clients and aged care residents who come together each week with our wonderful art teacher Sue Capewell."
Mrs Capewell was thrilled with the artistic efforts of the group and how they created a team artwork to enter into the Gayndah Art Gallery art competition, which is part of the Heartland Festival.
"The purpose of the art class is wellness; coming together and having a go regardless of ability and differing needs," Mrs Capewell said.
"When we heard about the art competition at the Gayndah Art Gallery, we decided to work together on a group art piece to enter."
Mrs Capewell said the Blue Care team entry focused on foods that are grown around Mt Gayndah where they live, including pecans, blueberry and citrus.
"Everyone had a chance to contribute and I am very proud of them," she said.
"We took an excursion out to the gallery to look at the artwork and everyone complimented each other and the work they did, it was so lovely to see."
The art works can be viewed at the Gayndah Art Gallery until August 4.