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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, 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