Grants help nurture arty talents
THE Regional Art Development Fund is a source of grant money that can support a wide range of cultural activities in the Banana Shire.
Funded by the State Government and the Banana Shire ratepayers, these funds can be essential to a wide range of aspiring art workers as they look to develop their talents.
Melita Lyell, a recent recipient of an RADF grant which who was able to attend the McGregor Winter Art School in Toowoomba, is thankful to the Banana Shire Council for the support.
“This was an amazing experience that I would not have been able to do if it were not for the grant,” she said.
“I received so much from the experience.
“The tutoring was excellent and we were taught so much in a short time. I now have artistic skills that I will have for the rest of my life.
“I hope that in the future I can use these skills to assist others on their artistic journey.”
Melita has been working with pastel and watercolour for a couple of years and really got serious after attending a workshop with Sue Dawes at the regional gallery.
In September she plans to attend the workshop with tutor Chris Postle, a well-known artist who will be in town to judge the Brigalow Art Festival.
The Brigalow Art Festival opens on October 6 but entries need to be in before September 18, so if you are thinking you will enter you had better start filling in the forms available at the gallery.
The RADF grant process calls for applications three times a year from artists, sculptors, dance groups, community organisations and more to apply for financial assistance to carry out their project which has to be considered against the guideline criteria.
The application and assessment process takes some time, so if you have a vague plan that would include RADF support being sought, then don’t delay and talk to Shanna at the gallery today.
This will ensure you get good early advice on the prospect of financial support and can tailor your activities to qualify for assistance.
Probus on the prowl
PROBUS members were out and about and enjoying the pleasantly cool winter weather last week.
The first stop was at the QHP where Cindy and her staff produced a great morning tea for some 20-plus Probians as they socialised together.
Not content with that, president Pam Stewart had organised a visit to the Men’s Shed and despite the majority of Probians being females, there was great interest in the metal work, wood work, and motor engineers workshops.
The skills that the men at the Men’s Shed bring to that special community are many and varied and if they don’t know somebody with the right skills to make something new or mend something old they will go out there and find somebody who does have them.
The morning tea was a bonus and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
But hang about, there was even more! Everybody had packed a picnic lunch and with food to their own taste and drink from coffee (to whatever was your fancy in the esky) it was off to the Callide Dam.
The group got a magnificent spot with views of the water and more while they dined.
Of course the weather was perfect with cool air, bright sunshine and no wind or rain to disturb the day.
A couple of ducks and a speeding boat out on the water proved the dam was in use.
Half an hour of entertainment from the Probians for the Probians and it was time to head home for a well-earned after-lunch nap.
I am beginning to get the hang of this Probian lifestyle.
Time to rhyme
DON’T forget the poetry workshop led by Mark Tredinnick, one of Australia’s leading poets, and the winner of many literary prizes.
It will takes place at the Regional Art Gallery on September 9–10 from 9am until 4pm and has much to offer beginners and more experienced writers.
The workshop will be as much about how to read a poem as how to write one.
Phone Shanna at the gallery for further details and book before September 1 to 4992 9500.
Dinner date at fete
THE annual Anglican Fete starts at 5pm tonight and will have all the usual stalls and more.
It’s Friday, so you don’t need to cook dinner, just wander down to the hall and make your own selection.
Bring the kids because there is a bike to be won.
Smile for Smiddy
THOSE fit enough to do the Cancer fundraising cycle run from Townsville to Brisbane are on the road again this year.
They will have a stopover in Biloela on Thursday, August 31 and organisers are looking for people willing to billet a rider.
It is only for one nigh. Dinner will be enjoyed at Thangool and breakfast is often a bottle of high-energy drink and a rush to get on the road at 6am.
It is something easy to do and really helps.
Interested? Contact Bronwynne on 0408 189 650.
THE main street of Biloela will be humming when the Callide Dawson Chamber of Commerce Shop Local campaign is in full swing on September 13.
There will be great money prizes to be won if you have done the docket thing in participating businesses.
Make your way downtown on the night and be there to win your share in the prizes on offer.
TOP TALENT: Melita Lyell was thrilled to attend the McGregor Winter Art school to upgrade her skills as an artist.
Enjoying morning tea at the Silo.
Probus president Pam with Men’s Shed’s Graeme Whelan.