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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!

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