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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, 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!


Tuesday, 26 August 2008

BAVA Blog Buddies

Hello BAVA Blog Buddies,
Great to see our contributors/profiles growing with our artists.
Please share any of your creative ideas & websites or blogs with everyone.

Looking forward to our upcoming workshops & Brigalow Festival to end a creative 2008.
Check out the Venue question for the BAVA Christmas Party.

A Big Thankyou to everyone for your support & interest in BAVA.
Huge Thankyou to behind the scenes Blog Buddie ~ "Maria"
who shares the excitement of the Blog with me.
Maria is talking music now.....Let go for it :)

Having Fun with ART '08 :)


Hello everyone
I would like to thank everyone of my BAVA sisters for welcoming me into their art circle. I'm a beginner in the art side but have always love arts and crafts and dabble in a few different mediums. I really enjoy the company, chats and workshops that we do together. Hopefully one day they will all mell together and create something beautiful. (Like our friendships). Thank you all for your input into my life. God Bless.
Gail Van Itallie

Sunday, 24 August 2008

History Evening for BAVA

On Saturday, BAVA ladies had great night attending an
Art Presentation ~ 100 years of Australian Art History.

Everyone enjoyed a relaxed evening with Jenelle Wood, Biloela State High School Art Teacher sharing her love & interest in Australian Art.

Information Handouts on some of Australia's favourite artist's, we also tried some venue friendly activities with pastels, question time was great with some interesting debates going on with the girls. Assortment of Nibblies to snack on throughout the Presentation.

Thanks Jenelle for informative night, you did a great presentation.

Good night was had by all :)

Thursday, 21 August 2008


Media Release
For immediate release
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum Society

Visual Arts Bursary
The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum Society is delighted to announce Shanna Muston as the winner of the 2008 Visual Arts Bursary.

Shanna completed her secondary education at Biloela State High School in 2007 and is currently studying her first year of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Griffith University. She spoke of the wonderful feeling of community support that came with the Bursary success.

"I would like to thank the Gallery/Museum Society for the support that the Bursary brings. It is a great feeling to know the community at home supports me in my studies. University has presented me a whole new world and the facilities here are fantastic. I'm really enjoying it", she said.

The Bursary is sponsored by Gallery/Museum Society Patron, Mr Cyril Golding, providing $1000 per year for the 3 years of a Bachelor degree and is awarded annually to a student from the local area going on to study art at a tertiary level.

Gallery/Museum Society President, Bruce Hunt spoke elatedly of this year’s Bursary winner.
“Shanna has already displayed great talent in her Art. She has started well at University and we are delighted to be able to offer her this assistance in her studies – we congratulate her and wish her well,” he said.

Previous Bursary recipients include:

Richelle Steenkamp, currently in her 2nd year of a combined Bachelor of Visual Arts and Bachelor of Education at the University of Southern Queensland.
Shaelah Ariotti, currently in her 3rd year of Bachelor of Photography at Griffiths University.
Josh Cleary, having successfully completed his studies last year is now teaching art at Monto State High School. Josh’s first solo exhibition On the Move was officially opened by Cr Gail Sellers, Deputy Mayor Gladstone Region, 6.30pm Friday August 15 at the Gallery/Museum.

Applications for the 2009 Society Bursary close 22 December 2008, application forms are available online at, from the Gallery/Museum cnr Goondoon and Bramston Sts Gladstone or phone 4976 6766 and one can be posted to you.

Image: Shanna Muston announced as winner of the 2008 Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum Society Bursary.

Media enquiries:Gallery/Museum Director Pamela Whitlock,ph 49766766

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Confirmation Payment for Jenni Kelly Workshop

September Workshop 2008~

Funtastic Acrylics with Jenni Kelly,

Coming Soon. There has been a successful interest in this workshop, which is wonderful. Due to this, I would like confirmed interested participants to pay for the workshop early to confirm their placement & then I can keep a waiting list for those who may attend if there is a cancellation. Thankyou for your support with this workshop.
Payment $120.00~ Please contact Kym :) if there are any queries.
For all payment details email

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Michele's Artworks @ Kristine's

Michele with her artwork~ "Drawn to Colour"

Michele had a lovely Exhibition Viewing @ Kristine's Coffee Shop today with BAVA ladies, work colleagues, family & friends.

Michele & Gail Van I enjoying a cuppa @ Kristine's

Everyone was captivated by a strong piece of artwork called -"Drawn to Colour" as soon as you came through the door, it took your eye straight away.
Michele shared her techniques & experience of producing these 7 artworks over the last 3 months. With the support of her husband Bob, they framed and hung the artworks to showcase at Kristine's.
Michele organised a fantastic afternoon tea & hot nibblies catered by Juanita & her lovely staff. Well Done Michele, you should be very proud of your efforts. They are truly beautiful artworks.

BAVA ~ Olley, Michele, Gail, Kym & Maria enjoying afternoon tea together @ Michele's Exhibition Viewing of Artworks in Kristine's Coffee Shop.

Friday, 15 August 2008

September Workshop With Jenni Kelly

September 26th, 27th & 28th ~

Tutor - Jenni Kelly
Artworks by artists & introduction links -
"Funtastic Acrylics."
Cost $120.00 (If successful with funding, it will be a reduced cost)
Information & Material Requirements available.
Max 12 participants. Please confirm interest/placement.

This workshop is to introduce fellow artists to some very creative ideas with acrylics. Be prepared to scrape, spray, fling, throw, roll and glaze PAINT, in other words "PLAY WITH ACRYLICS”, and leave the workshop with a greater understanding of acrylics and a new found confidence . You are welcome to bring your own reference relating to colorful subjects, parrots, flowers, water lilies, fish. Also if you have people or figure drawings from "Life Classes" or any other subject you would like to touch on.

The work will be very impressionistic to abstract - Fun and Exciting.

Having Fun with ART '08 :)

BAVA ~ Art History Evening

Saturday, August 23rd~
Jenelle Wood (High School Art Teacher)
Art Presentation on 100 years of Australian Art History.
Enjoy a relaxed evening with Jenelle Wood, sharing her love & interest in Australian Art.
Information Handouts, Venue friendly activities, Question time & Nibblies to follow the Presentation.
To Bring ~ Visual Diary, Pencil Case of art goodies - pencils, charcoal, ink, pastels etc.

Time ~ 5.00 pm ~ 8.30 pm
Venue ~ Blue Care Respite Centre
Cost ~ Donation to Blue Care.
Everyone to bring Finger Food /Plate to share.
Tea & Coffee Provided.
Look Forward to Seeing You There.

RSVP ~ Friday 22nd August, 2008
Having Fun with ART

Brisbane Exhibition for Local Professional Artist

Sarah Larsen

Latest Exhibition

LandmarX - BrushmarX - a journey of discovery -

is on at the

Greydon Gallery, 29 Merthyr Road, New Farm, Brisbane
from August 19th to 31st.
Opening Night, 20th August from 6.30 pm

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Maria's Exhibition

Hi Maria,

Well done on a great exhibition opening night! You have come so far with your art in such a short time but you have put miles and miles of work and effort in and it is paying! Congratulations! Karen

Saturday, 9 August 2008

August Artist @ Kristine's

You are invited to
An Afternoon Viewing of
Exhibition of Artworks
‘The Joy of Life’

Michele (Lyons) Briggs’

Kristine’s Coffee Shop
Saturday, 16th August
2.oo – 6.oo pm

Daughter of renowned Australian & International Artist W.R. (Mike) Lyons. Thanks to my father I have inherited a love of the arts. I have studies at Seven Sills Art College (now know as Queensland College of Art) under John Rigby, Roy Churcher & Ian Smith majoring in Modern Art, Drawing, Painting & Drama. I hope you all enjoy my collection of art work and hope that you leave my exhibition with a little more~ "Joy in your life."

"Drawn To Colour" ~ By Artist Michele Lyons Briggs

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Brigalow Art Festival Workshop 2008

Banana Shire Art Gallery Assoc.
Brigalow Art Festival Workshop for 2008

Flying Arts Tutor ~ Sharon Muir

2 Day Foundations Workshop for Secondary Students & Adults.
Looking forward to hearing from interested artists.

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.

Kindly Supported & Sponsored by Banana Shire Art Gallery Association Inc.
Contributed to Flying Arts Inc. Foundations Workshop & Venue Fees

Saturday,11th & Sunday,12th October, 2008
Alistair Shepherdson Pavilion.
Biloela Showground's, Biloela

9.00am Set up ~Intro, Chat & Cuppa

Prompt Start 9.30 am ~ 3.30 pm (each day)
Lunch 12 Max. 12 ~ 15 Participants noon ~ 12.45 pm
2 Day Workshop Cost $50.00 ~

Payment by 19th September, 2008. Early Payment Confirming your attendance.
Cheque, Money Order, Bank Transfer or Cash to Kym Simms.
or PO Box 722, Biloela 4715. Phone: 49922625

Material Levy $15.00 ~ Payment to Sharon Muir @ Workshop.
Extra cost of $ 5.00 maybe involved if excess gouache is used on Day 2.

Workshop Summary & Requirements Attached

Shared Morning Tea & BYO Lunch in Cold
Pack/Esky (NO FRIDGE)
Tea & Coffee Provided.
Don’t Forget:-
Drop Sheets, Water Bottle, Camera, Colour Wheel if
you have one (not compulsory)
Cartridge Paper Pad to be 110 gsm,
Bring along a sample of your favourite colour
3cm x 3cm square. (paint, magazine)
Energy, Excitement & Enthusiasm

Enquiries please contact ~
Flying Arts Rep. ~Kym Simms
Banana Shire Art Gallery Association Inc. Secretary ~ Dorothy Rideout

Saturday, 2 August 2008

Time is flying!

Wow, I just realised how far we are into this year already, as I was fixing up our calendar! I'm looking forward to Jenni Kelly's workshop & also Sharon Muir's.

Brigalow is just around the corner. Hope all our BAVA members will support this event again this year :-) Should be another exciting and fun night!!

~ Thank you to all those who attended my Opening Night recently ~

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~ Opening Night Celebration ~

Thank you to all the BAVA ladies who came along! What a wonderful experience. I hope everyone who came enjoyed themselves as much as I did.

Thank you also for those wonderful comments written on my visitors' guestbook!

I hope those who couldn't make it can come along to have a look during this month :-)

Olley will make a new home for Inca Sunset I & II Diptych at the end of the month. Thank you again Olley!

And Machu Picchu - Lost City has found a new home with Chris & Roylene. Thank you once again for your support :-) I'm absolutely thrilled - this is their third painting they have purchased from me, and they wrote ". . . we want them all!"

. . . my nervous speech

Kym, Gail, (me), Gwen & Karen