Woodgate arts fest a suc­cess

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JODIE DIXON

WOODGATE’S long week­end of en­ter­tain­ment, art and mar­kets started last Fri­day with the open­ing of the art ex­hi­bi­tion.

Event or­gan­is­ers worked tire­lessly plan­ning and or­gan­is­ing the Woodgate Arts in Spring week­end.

It was four days of fun and ex­cite­ment.

Artists show­cased their wares and imag­i­na­tion with out­stand­ing pic­tures, sculp­tures and one amaz­ing ro­bot, stand­ing six-feet tall, by lo­cal artist Mal­colm Mack­lin-Shaw.

Rob­bie the ro­bot took the artist two years to build. He set it aside for weeks at a time to work on other projects.

The art show was the in­cen­tive to fin­ish the pro­ject and put it on dis­play.

Rob­bie the ro­bot was made from fi­bre­glass, hot glue, var­i­ous types of plas­tics, PVC down­pipes, wa­ter waste tub­ing, tim­ber, wire, Christ­mas lights, var­i­ous elec­tronic de­vices, bus read­ing lights, con­nect­ing wire, a wind­screen wiper mo­tor and a great imag­i­na­tion.

These items were ob­tained from var­i­ous hard­ware out­lets, coun­cil trans­fer sta­tions, op shops and garage sales.

Mr Mack­lin-Shaw said he had no for­mal train­ing in the field of ro­bot­ics or elec­tron­ics and a lot of his ef­forts were by trial and er­ror.

When it comes to craft, he will have a go at mak­ing any­thing with some quite re­mark­able suc­cess.

The week­end con­tin­ued with jazz in the park on Satur­day and Sun­day.

The crowd en­joyed the per­fect spring weather and took the op­por­tu­nity to have a pic­nic in the park while be­ing en­ter­tained.

The week­end wrapped up with a busy Mon­day mar­ket.

The hot weather and sea breeze pro­vided the per­fect at­mos­phere.

Fam­i­lies shopped and ate and the kids were en­ter­tained with the jump­ing castle.

The or­gan­is­ers were pleased with the event and the crowd num­bers.

They thanked Woodgate res­i­dents for their sup­port, and all the vol­un­teers who helped put the event to­gether.

The or­gan­is­ers said next year’s event would be even big­ger and bet­ter.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT BUN051015WOODGATE12

ALL SMILES: Lucy Smith from Woodgate Events en­joys the beau­ti­ful weather at the Woodgate Fam­ily Mar­ket Day, the grand fi­nale of the Woodgate Arts in Spring Fes­ti­val held over the long week­end.

ARTS IN SPRING: The crowd was en­ter­tained by the In­ner City Jazz Band on Satur­day and Sun­day.

Roy Dekoke and Ruth Amos in their stall at the Woodgate Fam­ily Mar­ket Day.

Judy and John Teale from the Sun­shine Coast ad­mire an out­back land­scape on show at the Mar­ket Day.

Geri Sayre looks through a se­lec­tion of Christ­mas-themed cloth­ing at the Woodgate Fam­ily Mar­ket Day.

PHOTOS: JODIE DIXON AND MIKE KNOTT

Ser­ena, Heather, Grant and Bradley Holder at the Woodgate Fam­ily Mar­ket Day.

It was a big week­end of events for Woodgate.

Welcome to Woodgate.

Crowds sam­ple the tasty treats at the Woodgate mar­kets on Mon­day.

Alla and Tamika Hey at the Woodgate Fam­ily Mar­ket Day.

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