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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, 28 September 2009

Drawn to India 2009 UPDATE...

To All Interested Artists,

Dates: 26 November - 9 December 2009

"Drawn To India" with Tutor & Friend - Catherine Parker
Please forward to all interested contacts please.
Having fun with ART'09
Kym Simms:)
Biloela Area Visual Arts.

DRAWN TO INDIA, Rajasthan – Artist Study Trip

Dates: 26 November - 9 December 2009

In association with… Lakshmi Tours

Update Newsletter:

Namaste (hello in hindi) dear friends and an update on my next Drawn to India, Rajasthan Artist Study Trip. Due to overwhelming interest and bookings for my March Tour next year, I have decided to offer an earlier tour scheduled for November this year. Some people just couldn't wait! The March tour is now full and bookings for the November 2010 are already underway, through word of mouth.

The 14 day, 26 Novemeber - 9 December 2009 tour takes in the majestic forts, fairytale palaces, havelis and beautiful murals of Rajasthan.. Each day is designed to maximise creativity with 'one on one' tutoring and specific on site workshops. One cannot help but be intrigued and inspired by the beautiful narrow sandstone streets of Jaislamere, the pinks of Jaipur, the cool and soothing blues of Jodhpur and the holy pilgrimage lake city of Pushkar. Along with a visit to a traditional Dhurri weaver you will also have the opportunity to have a motif carved from a traditional textile woodblock. The warmth and joy of the Indian people, and it's ancient civilisation are a dynamic, not to be forgotten experience.

This artist study trip is specially designed to experience India in a small group of no more than 8 so that you are well cared for.

Our tour guide, Kamlesh Vyas is an experienced tour operator for artists and the culturally inspired, and owns a beautiful textile business in Jaislamere. My experience and love of India, coupled by my professional arts practice and teaching experience, make the perfect combination to facilitate this creative journey.


Places are limited to 8 persons and priority will be given on a first come basis. Should you be interested please contact me by asap.You are welcome to remain in contact re: availability of places.

Flights are very cheap at present, so it is worthwhile taking advantage of the special offers. November is a lovely time to visit weather wise and culturally.

Please email me with any enquiries and I will forward you an itinerary detailing locations, activities, costs etc. I would be grateful for you passing this on if you feel or know of anyone who may be interested. Below are the websites for Lakshmi Tours, UK and Kamlesh Vyas, our tour operator/textile artist at Surya Art House, Jaisalmere, Rajasthan India, as well as my own website detailing my professional practice and India inspired artwork.

Warm regards,

Catherine Parker

Surya Art House

On fort Jaisalmer

345001 Rajasthan, India

Friday, 25 September 2009

Tracey Hewitt @ Rhubarb

October 2009...Rhubarb Gallery Space in Theodore
are featuring the textile and mixed media art of
Tracey Hewitt.
Invitation above to our
'First Friday' gallery event to profile Tracey's works.
Click on Invitation for larger view.
"Congratulations Tracey from everyone here @ BAVA "

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

2009 September Artists @ Kristine's

Artists Pam Shipman & Marianne Elliott @ Kristine's Coffee Shop.
Click on information for larger view.

Artwork by Pam Shipman

Artwork by Marianne Elliott

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Lucja Ray - Fully Booked.

Banana Shire Art Gallery Association Inc.
– Brigalow Arts Festival

Names & Payment for Cancellation List are available.

With Lucja Ray
Creativity and Mixed Media go hand in hand and is an exciting partnership that covers any genre from still life, figurative, landscape to abstract and non subjective art. This workshop allows each participant to explore diverse materials that can evolve into any subject or non subjective matter with an individualistic and exciting approach using and incorporating simple techniques to alter your perspective in order to make your art more original and exciting. All participants are welcome and need to bring their own reference and art materials so we can explore different ways to approach this creative process. Short demonstrations as well as artistic theory are used to build these works with one on one support within the group environment allowing for each artwork to be unique and individual. This workshop is always fun but at the same time challenging when exploring the individual voice. If you have any queries please do not hesitate in contacting me about the materials or the course.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Jenni Kelly @ Biloela Workshops Successful

Funtastic Acrylics
Jenni Kelly
3rd,4th, 5th & 6th September, 2009
Proudly Funded & Supported by RADF.

This workshop with Jenni 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 . Students enjoyed techniques with colorful subjects like parrots, flowers, water lilies, fish. The work will be very impressionistic to abstract -
Fun and Exciting.

Seven ladies enjoyed the Beginners Workshop with Jenni Kelly over two days they looked at techniques with Acrylics doing flowers the first day and waterlilies the second day.

Eleven ladies enjoyed Reefscapes & Rockscapes with Jenni Kelly the following two days of the workshop.


Dear Artists,
Bookings for Lucja Ray Workshop in October, 2009.
Thankyou for your interest in the October Workshop ~ with Artist & Tutor Lucja Ray.
Banana Shire Art Gallery Assoc. Inc ~ Brigalow Arts Festival Workshop


Saturday, 10th & Sunday, 11th October.
Supported & Funded by RADF.
Please confirm your interest & payment $50.00 by Friday, 25th September, 2009.
Bank Direct Deposit preferred or Payment of Cheque to Biloela Area Visual Arts, PO Box 722, Biloela, 4715.
Suncorp Bank Account - Biloela Area Visual Arts.
BSB  484-799
Account No  130 222 488
#Email Deposit Receipt for confirmation of placement at the workshop.
A workshop summary & material list available please contact or 0749922625.
Thankyou for your interest in this workshop.
Having Fun with ART'09
Kym Simms:)
Biloela Area Visual Arts.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Invitation to Mundubbera Regional Art Gallery Opening of Exhibitions




invites you to the opening ceremony of

"Yellow Days" an Exhibition by Sue Lederhose - Gallery 1 & Foyer

Exhibition of Arts & Crafts by Mundubbera QCWA  - Gallery 2 & Cabinets

Friday  October 23rd,  2009 at 10.00am

at the Town Hall Supper room, Lyons Street, Mundubbera

and displayed at the Art Gallery until

Friday, 18th December 2009

RSVP (for catering purposes)

to Ros Berthelsen (Co-ordinator)

Phone 4165 6169 or Email:-








REMINDER- Brigalow Arts Festival @ Biloela ENTRY FORM 2009

To All Interested Artists,

Brigalow Arts Festival @ Biloela ENTRY FORM 2009

Entries close -18th September, 2009

Information  Attached.

Having fun with ART'09
Kym Simms:)
Biloela Area Visual Arts.
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Brigalow Arts Festival Labels
Brigalow Arts Festival  @ Biloela ENTRY FORM 2009

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REMINDER- Monto Garden & Craft Expo 2009.

To All Interested Artists.
Monto Garden & Craft Expo.

Horticultural Still Life & Floral Landscape Art Competition

Enquiries ~

Sue Ison

253 Anyarro Rd

M.S. 979 Monto 4630 

 Ph 0741672290 email

Having fun with ART'09
Kym Simms:)
Biloela Area Visual Arts.

Friday, 11 September 2009

Brigalow Arts Festival @ Biloela ENTRY FORM 2009

To All Interested Artists,

Brigalow Arts Festival @

Biloela ENTRY FORM 2009

Information Available. Email :

Having fun with ART'09

Kym Simms:)
Biloela Area Visual Arts.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

~ BAVA at the Garden Party ~

"Sweet days of summer ... the jasmine's in bloom ... summer breeze makes me feel fine"

Ahhh, it was truly a beautiful afternoon last Sunday at the Redeemer Garden Party! I hope there'll be more of our members coming along & exhibiting next year!