CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: Volunteer Lyn Roots with Kelly Horton, Bernice Peace, Isaac McIntyre, Sylvia Young and Fiona Buttner gather round their Christmas tree for Gayndah Art Gallery's forest installation.
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: Volunteer Lyn Roots with Kelly Horton, Bernice Peace, Isaac McIntyre, Sylvia Young and Fiona Buttner gather round their Christmas tree for Gayndah Art Gallery's forest installation. Felicity Ripper

Blue Care clients help craft a forest of Christmas trees

IF YOU made it down to Gayndah Art Gallery on the weekend you would have seen a forest of Christmas creativity as the Community Christmas Tree Forest came together after weeks of hard work.

Community groups and schools from across the town used inventive materials from leaves to buttons to pop sticks, to create a collaborative art installation.

Blue Care North Burnett used its art classes with teacher Susie Capewell to create a tree using recycled materials, with an Australian bush feel.

"It was something they were excited about to work on,” Mrs Capewell said.

"We used old buttons and rocks because they are recycling, gum leaves to make it look like an aussie tree, and sticks that I just collected from my property.

"Blue Care like getting involved with the community regularly and we like helping to get them involved, they did a painting for our Heartland competition too.”

Art classes were introduced at Blue Care early this year to provide an avenue for disability and aged care clients to harness their creativity in a supportive environment.

The group come together each week at Gayndah Art Gallery to explore new forms of art or work on a project with Mrs Capewell.

"They love art, they do other social activities as well, but they do always really enjoy the art,” Blue Care North Burnett's Fiona Buttner said.

"It's a way for them to connect socially too.”

The last time Gayndah Art Gallery hosted the community Christmas exhibition was in 2013.

"Because it's Christmas themed, everyone comes to have a look at it and it brings people together,” Mrs Capewell said.

"We had a lot of people come through in 2013, and I can't believe we left it so long before having another one, but the participation was great and we get a lot of community groups involved.”

The gallery will be open during St Joseph's fete on November 30 and trees will be judged by the public on the night with people's choice.


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