Cre­ative es­cape for women

Central and North Burnett Times - - PULSE - Felic­ity Rip­per Felic­ity.Rip­per@cnbtimes.com.au

A GROUP to nur­ture the well­ness and cre­ativ­ity of North Bur­nett women has launched at Gayn­dah Art Gallery and it’s adding colour to lo­cal lives.

Led by Susie Capewell and gallery vol­un­teers, any women in the area are wel­come to head along and en­joy the sup­plies, guid­ance, friend­ship and a peace­ful space to share their art – and if they’re us­ing sup­plied ma­te­ri­als it’s just $5 a ses­sion.

“The idea is to come and hang out in the space, even if they don’t feel con­fi­dent enough to par­tic­i­pate in the ac­tiv­ity,” she said.

“We wanted this to be a women’s group be­cause the men got the men’s shed.”

Each ses­sion, a new set art ac­tiv­ity is on of­fer but Mrs Capewell said women were free to work on some­thing else if they wanted.

“We’ve got colour­ing pen­cils here so even if they wanted to do some adult colour­ing, or come and play cards, or just have a chat and watch, that’s fine as well.”

Lo­cal Robin Thom­son has at­tended the first meet­ing of the group and she says she loves having the com­pany of the other women.

“I love do­ing art with other peo­ple but it’s good to as­so­ciate and meet with friends be­cause it keeps it go­ing,” she said.

For a long time Gayn­dah Art Gallery staff have been think­ing of ways to get more mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to use the space and get a well­ness group go­ing.

“It’s just as much about the so­cial as­pect as it is about the art and for some women it’s like an es­cape,” Mrs Capewell said.

“We hear so many peo­ple say­ing they never get to work on their art and at home life can get so busy that you never get the chance to do it.

“So we thought if we could make a reg­u­lar day then we could get it go­ing, and we did.

“When you’re at home you just don’t seem to get what you want done but when you have a space where you know you won’t get in­ter­rupted, you’ll get some­thing done.”

PHOTO: FELIC­ITY RIP­PER

CRE­ATIVE SPACE: Robin Thom­son, Caro­line Ben­nett, Wendy Kirk and Susie Capewell em­brace their cre­ativ­ity at a new group for women at the art gallery.

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