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Welcome to our website!

BAVA are a group of artists ranging from beginners, intermediate to professional . . . focusing on supporting and developing the talents of local artists to benefit the cultural community of the Banana Shire.

We organize and co-ordinate various workshops through the year and are active participants in cultural events such as the annual Brigalow Arts Festival, Callide Valley Show and individual and combined exhibitions through out the Banana Shire.

We provide information on our calendar of events including workshops, art competitions and Flying Arts details.

Please feel free to leave any comments! We are happy to answer any questions you may have. If you are an artist or aiming to take up some creative pursuits ... please JOIN US! We are eager to hear from you.

Art news from other art groups are also most welcome!

Thursday, 27 September 2007


When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at a college -- that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, "You mean they forget?" --Howard Ikemoto

Brigalow Art Festival Invitation

Banana Shire Art Gallery Association Inc.

Cordially Extends an Invitation to You to Attend the Opening of

Brigalow Arts Festival

Monday, 15th October, 2007
Biloela Civic Centre,

Admission (Including Catalogue) $10.00
Concession $5.00
Sponsors & Entrants Free

7.00pm Light Supper, Wine or Fruit Juice
8.00pm Awards Presentation & Auction of Mini Paintings

Daily Exhibition Timetable~
Admission $2.00
10.00am to 4.30pm
16th October, 2007 ~ 19th October, 2007

Raffle ~ $1.00 per ticket

Going away . . .

Hello BAVA ladies! I know you are out there in cyberspace. I 'm going away to Grafton on a workshop so I won't be working on this blog till I get back.

When I get back I hope to receive your profiles & pictures of your artworks to display here.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy viewing what we have so far . . . and please do not hesitate to contact Kym or myself if you have any questions or suggestions!



Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Sunday, 23 September 2007

Our guest artist this month, Bev . . .

Bev is a watercolourist from Emu Park.
She studies under the guidance of tutor Brian Kehoe, who we had the pleasure of meeting earlier this year. (Brian tutored us in a 1 day workshop in drawing 'unconventionally')

Bev showed us her beautiful watercolour paintings & we were blown away as she displayed them one after the other!
Thank you for sharing your works, Bev, with our group.
We look forward to having you visit us again soon :)

Sketch Day at 'Greycliffe Homestead'

What a great day we had yesterday at Greycliffe Homestead!
Our lovely ladies enjoyed the atmosphere of this historical building, stepping back in time to the late 1800's early 1900's.

Here are some photos which capture the 'essence' of living in that era on Greycliffe Homestead.
Our guide, Tina, from the Banana Shire Historical Committee was kind enough to show us through and provided us with interesting information on the Nott family who lived there.

What a fascinating place! A 'must see' if you are ever visiting our lovely town, Biloela :)

After the tour we enjoyed morning tea with our guest artist from Emu Park, Bev, showing us her beautiful watercolour paintings.

Then it was off to find the perfect spot for some serious sketching :)

Friday, 21 September 2007

The Magic of Mixed Media By Kym@ART

"Experimenting In Ceramics"

New Dates for Workshop.
Working with the support of the RADF Committee
Shire of Monto ~ In Abundance Prepare For Scarcity.

Monto Potters Group
"Experimenting In Ceramics"
With Katherine Bodrog.
Course will cover - Creating Lino print designs & casting into moulds to produce unique & spectacular results.

NEW WORKSHOP DATES - Saturday, 27th Oct. & Sunday, 28th Oct., 2007
COST - $47.50
TIME - 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
PLACE - Sunshine Art House, Rutherford St., Pottery Shed, Monto.
Please Bring - Shared Morning Tea & BYO Lunch.
Positions Limited - Early Payment Confirms Workshop Placement.
RSVP - 19th October, 2007. Phone Numbers & Emails address available for information.
Cheques Payable - Payments addressed to "Monto Potters Group" PO Box 43 MONTO Q 4630.

Tutor: Katherine Bodrog (nee Forsythe) since leaving Monto, Katherine has gained a vast knowledge on all aspects of her Artistic World!

Her love for ART has guided her in being bold enough to try different methods with materials & themes in her work.

Katherine is extremely happy to be coming 'home' to share & teach her findings to our local artistic community of Monto.
We are just as happy to have her experience & guidance!

Thursday, 20 September 2007

CQ Regional Textile Forum

wRAPT in Rocky
The 1st CQ Regional Textiles Forum
June 29 – July 5 2008
Rockhampton Qld

Wearable art…fibre construction …surface embellishment…fabric printing… shoes… felting… dyeing…quilting…embroidery…jewellery…
artists’ books… and more!

A taste of the tropics….A sense of excitement
A flourish of colour and delights
An absolutely fabulous time

See you there!
Contact Nanette Balchin 07 49393885
Or go to the TAFTA website

September BAVA Meeting

Hello Biloela Area Visual Artists & Friends,

You are invited to attend a Sketching/Drawing Day at Greycliffe Homestead.
Visit Greycliffe Homestead, Discover How Our Pioneers Lived.
Greycliffe Homestead and Museum, listed by the National Trust of Queensland, a century old, wooden slab station homestead, located on Gladstone Road near the high school. This building was re-located from Greycliffe Station. Greycliffe Homestead is a well-preserved slab hut construction built in about 1870. The Nott family lived on the property for over 100 years. Viewing is by appointment (ph 4992 3959 or 4992 2564 or ask at the visitor centres).
Due to the historical value, children are not encouraged to attend this day at Greycliffe Homestead.

Look forward to seeing you-
Saturday, 22nd September, 2007
Greycliffe Homestead,
Gladstone Road, Biloela.
9.30am - 3.00pm
We will have a Shared Morning Tea
Enjoy a tour around the Homestead by one of the members of Greycliffe Homestead Committee.

Bring Along ~
Art supplies for the day ~ Sketching Book, pencils, charcoal, easel, ect.
Your Mug, Lunch, Camera, Chair, Hat.

Tea & Coffee Provided
Cost- $10.00
BAVA Donation to the Greycliffe Homestead Committee.
RSVP ~ 19th September, 2007

Having Fun with ART,
Kym Simms :)