Mareeba festival chalks up
TABLELANDS locals will be letting their creativity soar as they add more colour to Arnold Park in Mareeba for the Arts Festival.
The family orientated event on Saturday, October 7, will start at 10am, with different exhibiters showcasing their artistic talents for attenders throughout the day.
“There will be 40 exhibitions and 21 stalls which will all be very hands on,” said Councillor Lenore Wyatt.
“Local art groups will be showcasing their work including the Mareeba Arts Society, Kuranda Arts Cooperative and Arts in Mind.
“Mareeba and Dimbulah State School students will be displaying the art they have been creating at school.”
The featured activities will include freestyle chalk art, botentic basketry, pottery demonstrations, splatter art and blacksmith demonstrations.
Event organisers said there will be food, entertainment, free activities for the whole family and live demonstrations throughout the whole day.
“With the Country Music Festival the same weekend, there will be cross promotion at the Arts Festival, with performers from the Country Music Club coming along,” Cr Wyatt said.
“Entertainers will include Dreamsate Circus Performers, local dancers and the Hotshots Big Band.”
As the lead up to the festival, Mareeba Shire Council has hired Australian artist Jenny McCraken.
Ms McCraken will be painting a mural with the theme sunny savannah.
She will start the mural this Sunday. It will take seven days to create and will be revealed at the Arts Festival.
The mural will be painted on Atherton St near the IGA, and the Mareeba Shire Council are encouraging the public to watch the progress of the permanent mural.
“We would love the public to go and watch Jenny create the mural,” a council spokeman said.
“She is a highly awarded artist and is used to people watching and asking questions as she paints.”
This free community event has been supported by Mareeba Shire Council and the Regional Fund. To keep up with Jenny Mccracken’s mural visit the Mareeba Shire Council’s Facebook page and for all other information go to http:// msc.qld.gov.au. Arts Development
Arts In Mind member Lynn Potter and Cole Wyatt, 15 creating the first of many chalk murals for the Mareeba Arts festival next Saturday October 7.