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Artists at Work - Macleay Island Easter 2015

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Art on an island How can you resist?
Not me, that's for sure. Artists at Work is an art lovers delight held over the Easter long weekend on picturesque Macleay Island in Southern Moreton Bay. Over the three day Easter weekend, 25 local artists take up residence at Macleay Island Progress Hall and allow visitors to step inside their hearts and minds to watch the creative process in action.

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Artists at work on Macleay Island


Wander around the Progress Hall and you will be mesmerised by artists working their craft. You can talk with the artists, ask questions or just stand and stare as art is created right in front of you. Allow your eyes to feast upon colour, shape and form as brushes, pens and crayons turn canvas, paper and cloth into works of art. See timber, clay, silver and fabric be transformed into objects of beauty.

Ted Upton sculpture Macleay Island
Ted Upton's sculpture


Artists you can expect to see include internationally known David Wells, whose portraits of Princess Kate and Carrie Fisher were seen around the world. Karen Foster's amazing use of colour in her quirky animal and human portraits will be on display. Madeleine Ekeblad, who introduces herself as "My name is Maddi and I paint music," will be creating portraits of dancers, musicians and instruments using collages of old music manuscript. David, Karen and Madeleine have just finished successfully exhibiting in Hong Kong.

Princess Kate portrait David Wells
David Wells' portrait of Princess Kate


Ted Upton, a sculptor, Carolyn Dodds, world-class printmaker, Ruth Venner, artist and calligrapher and Angie Beighton, 3-D artist will be part of the Artists at Work experience. New this year, is painter and photographer Anna Heggie who currently has an exhibition at the Redland Museum called The Mannequin - Not Just a Clothes Horse. Guy Hickie, photographer, will be on display and Ayla Gray, 13 year old island artist will be working with teacher/artist Leah Zaki. There will be potters, quilters, sculptors, silversmith and other visual artists and they are all happy to talk with visitors and demonstrate their techniques.

Pottery wheel Artists at work Macleay Island
Pottery demonstration
Maddi Ekeblad Artist Macleay Island
Maddi Ekeblad Artist Macleay Island


It is a fun filled three days and a wonderful opportunity to get 'hands on' with a potter's wheel, practice calligraphy and a host of other events. This is definitely not a look but don't touch event. It is all hands on for young and old. You can access free demonstrations of pastel portrait drawings by David Wells, drawing animals by Karen Foster and 'dribbling' a painting technique using a stick to dribble paint onto the canvas with Madeleine Ekeblad.

Karen Foster Artist at Work Macleay Island
Karen Foster in action


This is a free event but a gold coin donation would be appreciated.

The Annual Pottery Exhibition "Fired Earth" will also be open at the Macleay Island Arts Complex so why not attend both events and make a whole day of it. The Macleay Island Lions Club is providing free transport from the ferry to the Progress Hall and also to island cafes, and clubs.

Macleay Island
Macleay Island


To get to Macleay Island you can either catch a passenger ferry or take your car on the barge. Be warned however that parking at the ferry terminal is limited. Be prepared to either come very early to get a park or leave your car at a shopping centre or convenient place and catch public transport. The Brisbane Transport bus route 250 travels from Brisbane city through Carindale and Capalaba and drops you directly at the ferry terminal. The Cleveland line train connects with this bus. You can use Translink's Journey Planner to plan your journey and calculate your fare.

Timetables for bus and train are available a translink.com.au
Ferry and barge information can be found a www.transitsystems.com.au/bayislands an www.stradbrokeferries.com.au

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Why? Art on an island
When: 10.00am to 4.00pm 4-6th April 2015
Phone: 0409 683 003
Where: Macleay Island Progress Hall
Cost: Gold coin donation
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