Gallery offers creative escape for women
A GROUP to nurture the wellness and creativity of North Burnett women has launched at Gayndah Art Gallery and it's adding colour to local lives.
Led by Susie Capewell and gallery volunteers, any women in the area are welcome to come along and enjoy the supplies, guidance, friendship and a peaceful space to share there art- and if they're using supplied materials it's just $5 a session.
"The idea is to come and hang out in the space, even if they don't feel confident enough to participate in the activity," she said.
"We wanted this to be a women's group because the men got the men's shed."
Each session a new set art activity is on offer but Mrs Capewell said if they want to work on something else they can.
"We've got colouring pencils here so even if they wanted to do some adult colouring, or come and play cards, or just have a chat and watch, that's fine as well."
Local Robin Thomson has attended the first meeting of the group and she says she loves having the company of the other women.
"I love doing art with other people but it's good to associate and meet with friends because it keeps the brain going," she said.
For a long time Gayndah Art Gallery staff have been thinking of ways to get more members of the community to use the space and get a wellness group going.
"It's just as much about the social aspect as it is about the art and for some women it's like an escape," Mrs Capewell said.
"We hear so many people saying they never get to work on their art and at home life can get so busy that you never get the chance to do it so we thought if we could make a regular day then we could get it going, and we did.
"When you're at home you just don't seem to get what you want done but when you have a space where you know you won't get interrupted, you'll get something done."
Mrs Capewell said there was space available in the gallery every day of the week for anyone to come and work on their art, as long as a volunteer is present.
"If you need somewhere quiet to come and work on your art, why not do it in a gallery?" she said.
"I'm not always going to be here but that doesn't mean you can't come because it's a free space and we've got art materials in the storeroom- pastels, pencils, paints- if anyone wants to come and do some art up here that's what we're trying to encourage."