CRAFTY CHRISTMAS: Wendy Kirk, Mary McIntyre, Di Wilkinson and Susie Capewell showcase the talented North Burnett artworks at Gayndah Art Gallery.
CRAFTY CHRISTMAS: Wendy Kirk, Mary McIntyre, Di Wilkinson and Susie Capewell showcase the talented North Burnett artworks at Gayndah Art Gallery. Jessica McGrath

Forest of artworks gets town into Christmas spirit

A FOREST of Christmas trees and other artworks by Burnett artists has helped a country town get into the festive spirit.

The Gayndah Art Gallery has decked its halls with the 2018 local art and craft Christmas display this December, to coincide with the Christmas Tree forest.

Gallery coordinator Susie Capewell said the exhibition was designed to put some of the area's local art up for sale.

"A lot of people are always asking where is our local stuff, so we thought at the end of the year we would showcase it,” she said.

Art gallery volunteer Wendy Kirk said they put in the display of North Burnett artworks to enhance the Christmas tree display.

"We asked local artists to contribute art they want to sell as Christmas gifts,” she said.

"We've got a pretty good response, and it's made the gallery quite colourful.”

The exhibition showcases the work of North Burnett artists from as far as Delan and Mundubbera.

It gives the community an opportunity to buy a unique Christmas gift such as cards, prints, paintings, sculptures, quilting or handmade baubles.

"They've just brought in things that can be gifts for Christmas, if they like giving local craft as gifts, so that's something different,” Mrs Kirk said.

There was also a selection of handmade jewellery on sale at the gallery as part of the exhibition.

"You can buy something local and different,” she said.

Around 15 handmade trees have taken over the gallery, covered with tea bags, forks, spoons, egg cartons, beads and papers.

"We've got some cool ideas, all different from the last time we did it,” Mrs Kirk said.

"Forks and spoons seem to be featured a lot.”

Students from St Joseph's Catholic Primary School and Gayndah State School got on board with the tree creations, as well as members from the Gayndah Blue Care Respite, The Heartland Committee, Girl Guides, the hospital, Arts North Burnett and Burnett artists Deanne Newcombe and Helen Cherry.

The Christmas exhibition also includes pieces from Delan artist John Simpson, who will run his Simpson Crystal Art exhibition next year.

The artist utilises crystals as a unique medium in his artwork, and currently has cards, prints and paintings at the Gayndah gallery.

The winners of the Christmas Tree public vote will be announced on Saturday December 15.

A painting of a giraffe will be raffled off as part of the Christmas exhibition closing on the same day.


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