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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!

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Art Shed Brisbane, artHIVES and ArtWorkshops Australia ... Community Notice!

Art shed Brisbane, artHIVES and ArtWorkshops Australia are pleased to announce a collaboration of art related services for their members ... please click on link below for this exciting news!

Art Community Notice

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

BAVA @ Brigalow Arts Festival

WOW- What a great night with the BAVA ladies :)
Well Done everyone- there were Awards, Highly Commended, Art sales & Auction artworks from Olga, Michele & Karen. Photo of the girls with Brigalow Arts Judge - Marlene Millard. Thanks for a supportive group of artists & friends :)  Love Kym :)


2010 Anglo Coal - Callide Coal Art Scholarship - Jenelle Wood
2010 Acquistions -
Banana Shire Council - Rosemary Anderson
Powers Chartered Accountants - Sue Lederhose
Section 1 2-D Artwork Any Subject Winner -Judy VanderHave

Section 2 "Reflections on Nature" Winner - Burnie Smith 

Section 3 3-D Artworks Winner - Rosemary Anderson

Section 4 Emerging Artists - Sue Ison

Section 5(A) Colour Photography Animal Study- Joanne Gow

Section 5(B) Black & White Photography Animal Study - Sharon Gallagher

Section 6(A) Decorative Painting - Margaret Creed

Section 7(A) Year 8/9 -Helena Turner

Section 7(B) Year 10/11/12 - Stephani Lehmann

High School Encouragement Award - Ashley Newlings

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

The "Cindy and Sue" Exhibition Mundubbera

invites you to the opening of the
The "Cindy and Sue" Exhibition -
A Collection of Artworks by Local Artists
Saturday 23rd October 2010 at 9.00am for 10.00am opening 
 in the Town Hall Supper Room.
RSVP (for catering purposes)
to Ros Berthelsen (Co-ordinator)
Phone 4165 6169 or Email:-

Monday, 11 October 2010

Invitation to an exhibition of Year 3, 4 & 5 art students .... Biloela Library!

Biloela State School

"The Language of Art"
 by years 3, 4 and 5

Biloela  Library
Thusday 14th Oct
 5-6 pm

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Maria Wiley Mini Workshop

Thank you BAVA ladies for making last Saturday, my first teaching of a workshop ... such a pleasurable experience! 

I thoroughly enjoyed  sharing some great texture techniques I'd learned last year from Gary Reef ... being a 'Mini' workshop with only around 5 hours it meant we had to get through the 4 techniques pretty quickly ... I'm happy to say all my 'students' (haha that gives me such a buzz) did a great job! Some WIPS were taken home to be completed at a later stage and from the positive feedback I'm receiving ... I am sure you will be able to incorporate them into your future artwork!

If you are interested in seeing more pics from this workshop please click here

As you can see we had lots of FUN ... especially with the Hippy Hat! lol

For more on the Hippy Hat click here


Monday, 16 August 2010

Monto Garden & Craft Expo!

Saturday 9th October 2010.
8am to 4pm.
Monto Showgrounds.
Art, Photographic & Cut Flower Competitions.
Guest Speaker Ross McKinnon Curator Brisbane
Botanic Gardens.
Gentlemen’s Hat Decorating Competition.
Lucky Gate Prize.
Raffles & Pot/Ham Wheel.
Two display Gardens from 1.30pm.
Plants, craft, food & drinks.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Printmaking Workshop with Jenelle Wood!

BAVA girls and Terry had a great day today doing some wonderful collograph prints and etchings! 

Thanks so much to our tutor Jenelle Wood for getting us all hooked on printing LOL! :-D Jenelle was excellent at showing us the finer points of printmaking using etching (scratching into the plate) and collographs (glueing string, textured papers, sand, sticky tapes etc. onto the plate)

LOTS OF FUN was had by all!

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Monday, 2 August 2010

Outback Regional Gallery Winton

It is that time at the Outback Regional Gallery, Winton again – they are looking for young artists between 15 and 25 to show off their creative works, in the Generation Next Competition & Exhibition.

Do you have any young artists between 15 and 25 in your town? Let’s highlight their talents and get them all together to show case their works, there is some great prize money available too!

The Outback Regional Gallery is hosting for it's third year, The Generation Next Competition & Exhibition.
For further information contact Co-Ordinator Jan Brown –

Phone: 07 46 573 906
Mobile: 0448 573 906
Fax: 07 46 573 817
Phone: 07 46 571 466 (centre)

2010 Golding Showcase: Port Curtis Callide Valley Youth Art Exhibition

click on image for larger view

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Flying Arts Workshops around our region ...


Organiser: Louise Graham, Phone: 0437 724 606, Email:
Jewellery – Beginners workshop
Thursday 29 July 2010 and Friday 30 July 2010
Intermediate Jewellery workshop
Saturday 31 July 2010 and Sunday 1 August 2010
Artist: Madeleine Brown
Venue: Sapphire Hall

Organiser: Joshua Clutterbuck, Phone: 07 4980 5555, Email:
'Creative Expressions - Thoughts to Film' workshop
Saturday 31 July 2010 and Sunday 1 August 2010
Artist: Chris Bennie
Venue: Blackwater International Coal Centre

Organiser: Louise Gronald, Phone: 07 4651 2334, Email:
Travels with my paintbrush: Painting and mixed media workshop
Friday 30 July 2010
Artist: Catherine Parker
Venue: Barcaldine Cultural Association, Beech Street

Organiser: Joanne Taylor, Phone: 07 4651 5237, Email:
Travels with my paintbrush: Painting and mixed media workshop
Saturday 31 July 2010 and Sunday 1 August 2010
Artist: Catherine Parker
Venue: Barcaldine Cultural Association, Beech Street

Organiser: Louise Graham, Phone: 0437 724 606, Email:
Stone Setting workshop
Thursday 5 August 2010 and Friday 6 August 2010
Introductory Silver-smithing workshop
Saturday 7 August 2010 and Sunday 8 August 2010
Artist: Maurice Maunsell
Venue: Rubyvale Hall

Mask making workshops in various schools for Multicultural Festival
Monday 9 August 2010 – Saturday 21 August 2010
Artists: Casselle Mountford and Corinne Colbert

Water's Edge Environmental Art workshop
Tuesday 7 September 2010 and Wednesday 8 September 2010
Artist: Jill Chism
Participants: Toolooa State High School

Organiser: Ruth Jones, Phone: 07 4984 4170, Email:
The Magic of Mixed Media workshop
Saturday 11 September and Sunday 12 September 2010
Artist: Sarah Larsen
Venue: Supper Room, Bauhinia Shire Hall

Eastern & Western Deserts Art Exhibition

We invite you to join us for the Opening of Eastern & Western Deserts Art Exhibition at the Hugh Sawrey Art Gallery at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame on August 2nd, 2010, from 6pm. Invite below and attached. All are welcome!  Please RSVP to

Friday, 23 July 2010

Maria Wiley Solo Exhibition ...

Central Queensland artist Maria Wiley will hold her second solo exhibition in Biloela from Friday 6 August 2010 .... 17 works on paper from 2009!

Other exhibition times:
Sat 7 Aug 2-4pm
Sun 8 Aug 2-4pm
Tues 10 Aug 6-7pm
Wed 11 Aug 6-7pm
Mond 16 Aug 6-7pm
Tues 17 Aug 6-7pm
Sat 21 Aug 10am -12pm Closing

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Olley Bath jewellery features in Magazine!

BAVA member Olley Bath has one of her pendants featured in the current edition of 'Cloth Paper Scissors' July/Augusut 2010 Issue 31! Olley's pendant is no. 10 in the photo.

Congrats Olley!!! Exciting news!!!

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Catherine Parker ... Study Tour India 2010

Artist Study Tour of Rajasthan          
Dates: November 3 - 16 2010

Dear friends,
There a currently only 3 places left on this remarkable journey to India.
I feel very privileged to offer this tour with Kamlesh Vyas, our Indian tour guide who has an intimate knowledge of the arts, crafts and cultural diversity of Rajasthan famed for it vibrant colour, fairytale palaces and ancient traditions and, with my own extensive travelling experience throughout India, encompassing daily sketchbook painting and drawing and a passion for teaching the artmaking process, I feel we are perfectly matched to offer this tour to you. 

Places are limited to 10 persons and priority will be given on a first come basis.  Should you be interested please contact me asap. You are welcome to remain in contact re: availability of places.

If you are interested and have not yet received the relevant information please email me 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 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 inspire artwork. Please see below for testimonials based on our recent Drawn to India, Artist Study Tour in March of this year.

Warm regards,
Catherine Parker

Monday, 7 June 2010

Michele Lyons Briggs Solo Exhibition 'Coloured Waters' ...

Central Queensland artist, Michele Lyons Briggs is exhibiting at the Biloela Library Art Space from 4 June 2010 ...
Opening Night celebrations!
celebrations continued afterward at the Black Cockatoo Piano Bar, Biloela Civic Centre!

Brigalow Arts Festival Entry Forms ...

Brigalow Arts Festival Entry Forms are available @ Biloela Library or email

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Gail Van Itallie @ Kristine's. . .

This month at Kristine's Coffee Shop artist, Gail Van Itallie will be exhibiting some of her artworks! Gail has been a supporter of BAVA and its workshops for the past 4 years!

Please view Gail's work and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere and great coffee at Kristine's!