Art and craft expo a huge hit with fam­i­lies

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

GI­ANT Lego dis­plays of Boe­ing 747 aero­planes and Star Wars char­ac­ters, pa­per mache mon­sters and in­trigu­ing palm and tarot read­ings by Linda Virgo were among the many high­lights of ESA’s In­ter­na­tional Art and Craft Expo in Proser­pine on the week­end.

A to­tal of 24 stall­hold­ers from through­out the Whit­sun­days, Mackay, Ayr and Mary­bor­ough helped to bring the expo to life at the Proser­pine En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre with their im­pres­sive dis­plays on show for the three day event.

Expo co-or­di­na­tor Pat Burns said this year’s expo was ex­tremely suc­cess­ful with a num­ber of new ex­hibitors com­ing on board.

“The expo is a lovely dis­play of our lo­cal tal­ent but I re­ally do ap­pre­ci­ate the stall­hold­ers who travel a long way to be here ev­ery year,” she said.

Carol Twist was one of the new stall­hold­ers at the expo, tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to launch her hand­made fresh wa­ter pearl and suede neck­laces.

“I started mak­ing the neck­laces as a hobby and they have been do­ing re­ally well over the week­end so I think I might look into set­ting up a stall at the Air­lie Beach Com­mu­nity Mar­kets,” she said.

Mrs Twist only moved to the Whit­sun­days in Jan­uary and said the expo had been a fan­tas­tic place to meet new peo­ple. She thanked ESA mem­bers for their sup­port.

Also on show were tra­di­tional sewing, quilt and em­broi­dery dis­plays, card and scrap book­ing work­shops, gem faceting and wood­work stalls.

Ms Burns said ESA Queens­land do­nated $30,000 to the Can­cer Coun­cil's Wig and Tur­ban Lend­ing Ser­vice and is giv­ing an ad­di­tional $10,000 an­nu­ally to main­tain the ini­tia­tive.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Can­cer Coun­cil Helpline on 13 11 20.

EXPO EX­TRAV­A­GANZA: E.S.A. In­ter­na­tional Art and Craft Expo co-or­di­na­tor Pat Burns, branch pres­i­dent Rae­lene Miller, Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil­lor John Collins and branch record­ing sec­re­tary Grace Hurst of­fi­cially opened the event last Fri­day.

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