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Nindooinbah Woolshed Art Exhibition Weekend

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Fine art and finer company in the fresh country air
Even if you haven't yet explored the Scenic Rim, a quick glance at a map of South-East Queensland will explain why this magnificent region is so deeply cherished by those fortunate enough to live there, and has long been a favoured destination for artists, nature-lovers and holiday-makers. Encompassing more than a dozen conservation reserves and national parks—including several World Heritage-listed areas—the Scenic Rim takes its name from a quarter-circle of spectacular forested ranges which stretch inland from Springbrook in the east to the Lockyer Valley in the west.

The Scenic Rim - one of Queensland's most appropriately-named regions.

These remnants of an ancient super-volcano shelter the fertile alluvial lowlands of the Albert and Logan River valleys, which supported clans of the Yugambeh people for more than 20 000 years before European settlement, and which are still prized and nurtured today by the many local graziers, farmers, viticulturists and horse-breeders. Small wonder, then, that Scenic Rim communities are passionate about celebrating and protecting what they rightly regard as a national treasure, or that they are supported in doing so by the countless others from around Australia and the world who have fallen in love with the region for a wide variety of reasons.

Scenic Rim - inspiration.

The Nindooinbah Woolshed Art Exhibition represents a unique opportunity to experience this passion first-hand, as the Scenic Rim's Quarry Action Group transforms the beautifully-restored 1857 Woolshed into the beating heart of a weekend of fine art, fresh food, soulful music and community spirit. Set within the lush rural surrounds of Nindooinbah Estate—one of Queensland's oldest and most richly-historic pastoral holdings, and site of the Heritage-registered Nindooinbah House—the Nindooinbah Woolshed Art Exhibition weekend will feature a programme of sensory and social delights. The centrepiece of this unusual and enjoyable weekend will be a rare and extensive display of artworks gathered especially for the occasion from some of Queensland's finest painters and sculptors, including Wayne Singleton, Taya Lindner, Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox, Jan Drynan, Karen Laird, Monica Rohan, Mary Berg, Dave Groom, Dienna Georgetti, Kevin Foley and Scott Charles.

Historic Nindooinbah House

The fun begins on Saturday at 7pm with the Opening Night Cocktail Party as special guest Bruce Heiser of Brisbane's Heiser Gallery officially launches the exhibition. Guests will not only enjoy fine art and finer company, but also delicious treats from local restauranteurs, entertainment by a local woodwind ensemble, and an auction during which items such as signed copies of books by cartoonist Phillip Day and local author Janet Hauser, three nights' accommodation for two in Wongari Eco-retreat'sSerenity Cabin, and an array of quirky memorabilia will be up for bid.

Nindooinbah Woolshed - a rustic scene from pre-restoration days.

Next morning at 9 a.m. a Traditional High Tea will take place on the Woolshed lawn, with all ticket-holders offered exclusive access to the exhibition until 11 a.m. Following this decorous start to the day, the Woolshed will open for general admission until 4pm. Live lunch-time music, a barbecue and cash bar, a lucky door prize and free entry for under-15s will then combine to ensure a festive family outing in the best country style.

Nindooinbah High Tea - decorous and delicious.

While a flat $10 admission fee will apply for entry to the Woolshed on the Sunday, bookings are essential for the Opening Night Cocktail Party ($55) and the High Tea ($25), and should be made as soon as possible by phoning either 0437 787 262 or 0431 326 724. Those daunted by the prospect of driving along dark country roads after a cocktail or three on the Saturday night can also, for a cost of $10 return, book their seat on a bus which will run from the major Scenic Rim township of Beaudesert to the Woolshed and back again. To enquire about this option, text 0429170766 or email before Friday 31st August.

BBQ Lunch Menu for Art Exhibition Sunday at Nindooinbah Woolshed.

If travelling by car, simply follow the signs to Kerry from Beaudesert. 5 kilometres from Beaudesert, look for Nindooinbah House Road on the left and then simply follow this road until you see the buildings. Those wishing to break up the driving burden by making a weekend escape of the event will find no shortage of high-quality accommodation on offer, with a range of nearby options available in Lost World Valley, Kerry, Christmas Creek or Beaudesert itself.

From farmstays to eco-retreats, weekend escape options abound in the Central Scenic Rim.

Not only does the Nindooinbah Woolshed Art Exhibition exemplify the creativity and devotion with which Scenic Rim locals have typically defended their beloved region against inappropriate development, but the willing participation of no less than a dozen highly-regarded artists speaks loudly for the Scenic Rim's value as part of the cultural and spiritual inheritance of all future Australians.

Creativity and commitment - the Scenic Rim Quarry Action Group.

The Quarry Action Group formed in June of last year in response to a development proposal which, if successful, would result in the opening of a massive new "mega-quarry" near Kerry, in the region's rural heart. All monies raised during the course of the Nindooinbah Woolshed Art Exhibition weekend will be directed towards the Quarry Action Group's legal fighting fund, allowing this committed cadre of concerned citizens to appear beside their local government representatives as co-respondents in a coming Planning and Environment Court action, the aim of which is to have the developer's plans permanently removed from the drawing board.

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Why? For a weekend of fine art, fresh food, soulful music and community spirit in the sweet country air.
When: Saturday September 1st 7pm - midnight; Sunday 9am - 11am (High Tea) / 11am - 4pm (General Admission)
Phone: 0431 326 724
Where: Nindooinbah Woolshed, 272 Nindooinbah House Road, Beaudesert, 4285
Cost: Opening Night Cocktail Party $55 / High Tea $25 / General Admission Sunday $10 / under-15s free
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