GO BRAG VOLUNTEERS…….

All About Eve by Gaye Tait

All About Eve

How wonderful is it… another BRAG volunteer, and member of the BRAG TRADE, has reason to be very proud of herself.

Gaye will have some of her artworks shown in the exhibition, A Celebration of the Female Form, this coming weekend. The exhibition is an annual event in which artists, photographers, sculptors and performing artists join together to share their passion for art and the beauty they see in the female form.

The exhibition will be open on Saturday 28 June 2014 from 8.00am – 5.00pm and Sunday 29 June 2014 from 8.00am – 2.00pm with a small admission fee going to charities such as the Butterfly Foundation and Brisbane Domestic Violence Service.

A Celebration of the Female Form will be held at the Brisbane Table Tennis Centre, 86 Green Terrace,  Windsor. The Opening Night on Friday 27 June 2014 from 6.00pm with live music is a non alcohol event.

CONGRATULATIONS Gaye on having your artwork included in this exhibition – we are very proud of you!                                                                           

 

CONGRATULATIONS TERRI!!

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Terri at the Opening Night with her artwork Blue Crystal

Congratulations to BRAG volunteer and member of the BRAG Trade, Terri Lewis.

After being encouraged by her friends to apply to have her artwork shown in an exhibition in Brisbane, Terri had three artworks included in the recent Journey into Abstraction exhibition in Brisbane at the Art and Design Precinct Gallery, West End.

Terri was thrilled to learn that her Blue Crystal artwork was one of the most popular artworks in the exhibition and she has now been invited to submit three more artworks in the July exhibition.

Well done Terri – we are so proud of you!

A GREAT BUS TRIP

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BRAG Vollies outside the Gallery

BRAG staff and volunteers had a really good morning last Thursday, travelling to Childers by bus to visit the Childers Arts Space for a look at the Round Pots, Square Holes exhibition. This exhibition, by members of the Bundaberg Pottery Club and the Childers Firehouse Potters, opened on 27 May and is really worth a visit.

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Patricia Waghorn at CHARTS

The colours and shapes are wonderful and it was pleasing to see how many pieces have already been sold. On our arrival we were given a lovely warm welcome to CHARTS by Cate, Edwina and Peter. CHARTS volunteer and member of the Childers Firehouse Potters, Cate Verney, gave us a short informative talk about the exhibition which I found very interesting.

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Cate Verney doing artist talk at CHARTS

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Robyn Rae at Childers Visual Arts Group

Then we were off to Apple Tree Creek to visit Alice McLaughlin and the Childers Visual Arts Group and……..WOW!! What an amazing place Alice has developed. There are artworks everywhere – in trees, under trees, among the bushes, among the many, many plants… just everywhere. From the moment we stepped off the bus we were all thrilled and speechless at what an amazing spectacle it was. There were “oh”s and “wow”s  from everyone. We were treated to a delicious morning tea put on by the members and we sat under the huge “Tree of Art” to enjoy it.

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Under the “Tree of Art”

The members of the group gave us such a lovely welcome – explaining and demonstrating their art practices. Really it is a wonderful place to visit and an awesome place to paint, draw or potter – I could go on and on and on… But if you would like to see for yourself or are looking to join a terrific art group you need to speak to Alice.

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BRAG vollies with Alice McLaughlin

It was a very happy group of BRAG volunteers and staff who travelled back to Bundaberg in time for lunch – and for those volunteers who were unable to join us – you really missed a treat!

NVW Celebration at BRAG

Last week was National Volunteers Week 2014 and to celebrate this event we held a Papermaking Workshop and Morning Tea for the BRAG volunteers on Thursday.

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Necia showing us how to get started on the papermaking process

We are so lucky to have so many talented and multi skilled volunteers on our team at BRAG and so were able to have BRAG volunteer, Necia, run the papermaking workshop.

It was a lot of fun with everyone enjoying the event far more than they had anticipated they would – which is always good.

Everyone had a go at using various materials including dried petals, leaves, ferns, bark, stickers, lace, fragrances and herbs to name a few. We experimented with different colours and textures and it was amazing to see the lovely examples of home made paper produced on the day,

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Tereza, Sarah, Pamela, Lola and Marijke all produced great paper

More than one volunteer was heard talking about how they would be having a go at papermaking at home with the grandchildren – one volunteer even said she would really like to take the process further and could see herself spending many happy hours at home making paper!

                                                                                                                                                                                     

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What a gorgeous colour Pamela!

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Connie was full of smiles as usual.

Thanks so much to Necia and all the volunteers who joined in on the day to make it such an enjoyable event.

Cheers, Joan 

Winner of the 2014 Annual Volunteer Awards

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Congratulations to BRAG volunteer Sarah Irons, who was announced the 2014 winner of the Annual Volunteer Awards.

Sarah was presented with her certificate and trophy by the State Member for Burnett, Stephen Bennett, at an afternoon tea on Friday at Alexandra Park, Quay Street, Bundaberg.  

Well done Sarah – you are a very deserving winner and we are all very proud of you!

Thank you for all your efforts and commitment to BRAG,

Joan

 

National Volunteer Week Celebrations at BRAG

We had a great day at BRAG last Thursday with a Papermaking Workshop and Morning Tea to celebrate National Volunteers Week 2014.

BRAG volunteer, Necia, ran the workshop for us and did a wonderful job – Thanks Necia!

I think everyone really enjoyed the morning and especially the papermaking more than they had expected to – which is always good. Now we are waiting to see the results of our efforts tomorrow when we all get together to compare our “paper”

Personally I would like to sincerely thank all the volunteers who attended this event.

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Blanket Buddies and BRAG Trade

We had a great morning yesterday with the Blanket Buddies and the BRAG Trade in the Access Studio at the art gallery.

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It was Noreen’s Birthday this week – a great excuse for Birthday Cake and Candles!

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This was the second time the Blanket Buddies have been at BRAG knitting and crocheting as well as interacting with the public. I think they may have even gained a couple of new members.

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The Bundaberg Blanket Buddies are a large group of regular knitters who knit solely for charity purposes. Having them here compliments the Portraits of a Tea Cosy exhibition perfectly.

Visitors to the art gallery are really enjoying the currently upstairs in Gallery Two. This exhibition is the culmination of a two year journey initiated by yarn artist Loani Prior, aka Queen of Tea Cosies, and professional Brisbane-based photographer Mark Crocker.

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If you would like to get involved or just say hello to these lovely ladies, they will be with us again on Wednesday 21 May at 10.00am – 12 noon.

Have a happy but safe Easter,

Joan