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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!

Saturday, 20 December 2008

~ Christmas greetings ~

I'd like to wish our members & visitors a peaceful & blessed Christmas & a Happy & Creative 2009! Looking forward to having fun with art next year!

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Christmas Greetings with Juanita @ Kristine's

(L-R ~ Kym, Maria, Gail, Michele, Juanita, Jenelle & Larraine. Julie & Bronwyn also attended the get together :)
A lovely afternoon together at Kristine's on Monday, 16th December with Juanita Zischke owner/manager of Kristine's Coffee Shop in Biloela. Ladies from BAVA relaxed with Juanita and had a cuppa.

I made a speech on behalf of everyone who has exhibited artworks and others who enjoy a cuppa from time to time.
Thankyou so such for your ongoing support for the art group BAVA, to showcase their art in your shop. Juanita, your support is appreciated. The gift of giving was very much alive with ladies from BAVA giving a piece of artwork to Juanita in appreciation.

Merry Christmas and enjoy your festive break with Family & Friends, Juanita.

Saturday, 13 December 2008

BAVA Christmas party!

HO HO HO.....BAVA Celebrating a Creative 2008

11 ladies attend the BAVA Christmas Dinner Party.

A great night out at the Biloela Palms restaurant, relaxing & enjoying each others company.
Secret Santa Gift was wonderful again this year with everyone very excited to receive a lovely artwork from each other.
Thank you to everyone for supporting BAVA in 2008.
Another very successful year, apologies were read & 2009 Calendar was looked over.
Best wishes to everyone at Christmas time, enjoy your family & friends.
Look forward to Having Fun with ART '09 :)

Sunday, 16 November 2008

BAVA Artists @ Kristine's

Kristine's Coffee Shop proudly supports the art community of Biloela.
Please drop in to Juanita's shop, try her fantastic LaVazza coffee & enjoy the local arts on display.
BAVA Artists @ Kristine's
Hanging & collecting of Artists exhibits are on Monday afternoons at 5pm.
(The first Monday of the Month).
With the exhibits they can create a flyer/program for the tables or a collection tabs of Title, Media, Cost & Artists contact details on it, artists then blue-tack it to the wall.
Kym will be there to help with the setting up of the exhibits.
If you would like to exhibit works in 2009 please contact
2008 ~December ~ Maria Wiley Hang - (01/12/08)Exhibit 2nd December
2009 ~February ~ Pam Shipman
Alanna Dennien
Val Hicks
Michele Briggs
Karen Gaskell
Odette William & Judy Kath
Olga Bath
Kym Simms



Thursday, 16 October 2008

October Artist @ Kristine's

First Showcase of Artworks

"Isabella Gunnourie"

Tuesday, 14th ~ Friday, 31st

Hi, my name is Isabella Gunnourie, I’m 10 years old and was born here in Biloela. This is my first exhibition and I’m very excited about it! These paintings have been done over the last year, and are inspired by the things around me at home. I live in the country surrounded by lots of animals and birds with a peaceful backdrop of trees and open spaces. I have a happy life and I hope this shines through in my works!

I hope you like my paintings.

October Workshop With Flying Arts Tutor - Sharon Muir.

12 Participants enjoyed the Colour Workshop over the weekend (11th & 12th October, 2008)
Judy Kath absent.

Sharon is a professional practicing artist with two decades of experience in the visual arts. As an art educator she has worked in a range of educational institutions, facilitated numerous community art projects and is currently part of the Flying Arts team, touring outback QLD and NSW. She works as a freelance workshop tutor, traveling throughout Australia, teaching a spectrum of subjects and skills. She is based in Mullumbimby in northern NSW and regularly
exhibits her work in solo and nationally selected contemporary art shows, with her most recent series of artworks exhibited in a solo show “Feathers, Fish, Fur and Flowers” at Grafton Regional Art Gallery.

Participants enjoying the hands on side of Colour & workshing through the worksheets Sharon had set up.

At the workshop we developed confidence with using colour by learning how to mix the colour you wanted every time, using the double primary mixing system. The colour wheel and the most commonly used colour schemes will be gradually introduced, with the aim of developing a strong foundation in the understanding and use of colour. Experience was gained through practical hands on sessions using coloured paper and paint. This workshop was coordinated with the Brigalow Arts Festival here in Biloela this week.

Edna Randall & Judy VanderHave having a chat and Gwen Evetts enjoying the Colour Workshop.

Topics covered during the workshop:
• Introduction to the colour bias wheel
• Gouache, how to mix and apply colour
• Values/monochromatic colour scheme
• Mixing tints/tones and shades
• Colour matching
• Value exercises
• Introduction to complementary colour scheme
• Mixing complementary pairs
• Introduction to analogous/split complementary colour schemes
• Mixing exercises using these schemes

Participants taking in the theory side of Colour.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Big Night!

The Brigalow Arts Festival 2008 is under way with a hugely successful Opening Night!
With around 227 exhibits, including 99 paintings . . .

Live music with Biloela Band greeting guests at the entrance . . .

the crowds enjoyed a very pleasant evening with wine & nibbles . . .

lovely violin & piano inside . . .

some wonderful photographic exhibits . . .

some of the ladies of the BAVA group enjoying their evening . . .

Banana Shire Council Mayor, John Hooper officially opening the Arts Festival . . .

BAVA member, Michele receiving a 'Highly Commended Award'

BAVA Coordinator, Kym won this year's Callide Mine Scholarship!
Congratulations Kym!! Well deserved!!

A very happy & excited Kym :-D

Auda won the 'Portraits' section . . .Jo received a 'Highly Commended Award'

Gwen also received a 'Highly Commended Award'

Kym & Maria received a "Highly Commended Award' in the Emerging Artists section

Guest judge, Sharon Muir gave some wonderful feedback on various exhibits . . .
Judy receiving an award on behalf of her brother-in-law . . .

Kym with judge Sharon Muir
Congratulations to all the BAVA members who exhibited & those who won awards! Well done!!
Thank you to the Banana Shire Art Gallery Association for all their work & for making this annual event such a success

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

"Brigalow Arts Festival"

Opening Night
13th October, 2008
Admission (Incl. Catalogue) $15-00/Concession $7-50
Sponsors and Entrants Free
7.30pm Light supper, wine or fruit juice
8.00pm Awards Presentation and
Auction of Mini Paintings

Daily Exhibition Timetable:
Admission $2-00
14th to 17th October 2008
10.00am to 4.30pm
Wednesday evening
5.00pm to 8.00pm
Raffle - $2-00 per ticket
Enquiries contact ~ Dorothy 49951176 or John 49921170

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Brigalow - delivery of entries

Hi everyone!

Just a quick reminder that the Brigalow entries are to be delivered after 9 am & no later than 1 pm this Friday 10th October to the Biloela Civic Centre Foyer. Special arrangements can be made by contacting 4992 1170 or 4995 1176.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Monto Photographic Artist ~ Carly Burnham

A Mental Picture

In conjunction with Mental Health Week,

Carly Burnham presents a photographic exhibition in
black & white and all shades of grey...sharing the
spirit of those touched by mental illness

Friday, October 10
‘Kristine’s Coffee Shop’
Kariboe Street

*Canap├ęs served during the evening and
A complimentary drink for each guest on arrival.

BYO alcoholic beverages.
Cost: $15 per person*
Dress: Cocktail
RSVP: October 6 8902

Sponsored by CQ Rural Division of General Practice Queensland RADF
All profits donated to the Schizophrenia Research Institute

A Mental Picture
By Robin McConchie from Bundaberg Central , QLD

Thursday, 18/09/2008

"A Mental Picture" is the title of a collection of works by photographer Carly Burnham.
I met Carly at the Blueprint for the Bush, Rural Women's Forum, held in Roma recently.

The theme of the forum was " Liveability - A woman's perspective", and from Carly's perspective, she wants to make the bush a more liveable place for people with mental illness.
Carly lives in Monto on a cattle property. She has lived closely with schizophrenia and is inspired by the resilience of so many people affected by mental illness.

Through her photography, Carly wants to de-stigmatize and re-brand mental illness.
I found her photos profoundly touching. Every photo has a story.

The black and white medium is extremely evocative. Twenty shades of grey, from white to pure black, make you really think about the subject matter, the mood and the story. The composition of the portraits is superb, and the energy and the hope of the children seem to imply freedom even in a dark world.

Carly's subjects are affected by a range of mental disorders: schizophrenia, 1 in 100 suffer from delusions, hallucinations and paranoia associated with this condition. But Carly says with medication, people can lead a normal life following episodes.

Other disorders include bipolar, general anxiety disorder, post-natal depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression. Carly says with support, understanding and treatment, mental illness can be managed.

October ~Monto Ladies Exhibition in Biloela Library Art Space.

"Artist Friends"
Open Invitation to all to enjoy the showcase of Artworks at the Biloela Library Art Space
~ A selection of Works by Members of the Monto Art Group
Monto Art Group has been in force for over thirty years and is still going strong with group meetings every Thursday at the Monto Cultural Centre.
We are an enthusiastic group of members painting & drawing for Art Exhibitions, Gardens Expos, local shows and exhibitions wherever we can showcase our talent.
We hold workshops with the help of RADF grants to further their expertise & encourage new memberships. This exhibition shows the diversification of styles of the group and we hope you enjoy our work
Sandra Clarke
Monto Art Group

Monday, 29 September 2008

Great workshop!

12 happy students!
A wonderful 3 days of painting with tutor Jenni Kelly. Everyone enjoyed themselves & learnt so many exciting new techniques ( well new to most of us like me!)
Jenni is a wealth of knowledge and experience. Her paintings are absolutely gorgeous & we were lucky enough to view a lot of them on her laminated prints, which were for sale.
The water lily scene (one of 3, we produced)

Jenni showing a technique

Jenni using the diffuser

Drinks on Saturday afternoon !

Thanks so much Jenni for sharing your experience & knowledge! We look forward to your return in Winter 2009!

Saturday, 20 September 2008

We're here to help . . .

BAVA ladies, are you wanting to start your own 'blog', but not sure how to take those first steps?

Kym & I are here to help you . . .

Either of us can visit you & help you get started, just give us a call! It's not that hard if you have someone to guide you. We're here to help if you have any questions :)



Monday, 15 September 2008

Entries in by this Friday!

Hi everyone,

Just a reminder that the Brigalow Arts Festival entry forms are due in no later than this Friday 19th September 2008!

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Happy Birthday, Gail

Best Wishes, Gail.

Have a wonderful day with your family & friends.

Love from Everyone @ BAVA


Monday, 1 September 2008

~ Upcoming workshop at Walter Reid Cultural Centre, Rockhampton~

Hi everyone!

Just received this information from the lovely Dawn Pound, Rocky artist & friend :)

For those who have just missed out on the Jenni Kelly workshop, which is on the same weekend, you may want to consider this one! It sounds very interesting! Wish it hadn't clashed with Jenni's - I would have liked to go to this one!

Thank you Dawn!! click on image to enlarge (easier reading)

September Artist @ Kristine's

Congratulations Gail ~

I grew up in a family that was always doing something on the creative side from cooking to sewing and any craft. My first creations were done in Cake Decorating then moved into Patchwork from the sewing of children’s clothes. After doing a silk painting workshop (something I had always wanted to do) I found that this complimented my patchwork as I could colour my fabrics with my paints allowing me to create many colourful creations in fabric.

When folk art was the rage I attended lessons and enjoyed creating some lovely pieces for friends and family. When a friend who did lead lighting was in town I took some lessons from her and really enjoyed working with glass which also led to mosaics as you have left overs (a little like patchwork).

With all this happening I felt I needed a little more help with the drawing side of creating a picture (I could do very good stick men) so attended the Roy Oorloff workshop as a start. Since then BAVA has been formed and I have enjoyed the lessons and workshops from talented local artists as well as doing workshops with tutors from afar. I've a long way to go but I really enjoy the atmosphere of being with creative people (hoping some will rub off). There are many mediums in the world of art and I enjoy a few different ones and they all give me satisfaction when the job is finished.


Congratulations to Maria a member of our group. After her successful exhibition at the Library Art Space she has now been invited to hang her art in the Civic Centre foyer. Wow girl!!!!Congratulations. Well done. We are all very proud of you. XOXOXO

Thursday, 28 August 2008


Hi BAVA 'sisters' (& visitors)!

Hope you enjoy the new music playlist! If you have some special music which you love to create to & which you'd like to share with us . . .

please send me your mp3 files via email & I'll place them in a playlist for the blog, for all to enjoy!