Ma­reeba fes­ti­val chalks up

Tablelands Advertiser - - LIFESTYLE - Bec Singh

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:// Arts De­vel­op­ment

Pic­ture: Bec Singh

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.

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