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Published August 12th 2019
Where you can buy your own little piece of the Island
The Raby Bay harbour precinct has a new gallery following the opening of Straddievarious only a few months ago. The gallery showcases art and craft from local artists and artisans, with a primary focus on artists from North Stradbroke Island.
North Stradbroke Island, or Minjerribah to the traditional owners, is an island that lies within Moreton Bay, to the east of Cleveland. Locals refer to it affectionately as Straddie. Renowned for its beautiful beaches with rolling waves that is home to dolphins, turtles, and other sea creatures, and with coastal vistas that can make your jaw drop, Straddie has been the inspiration behind much of the artworks in this Gallery.
There are hand made ceramic pelicans, vases, bowls and jewellery with a beach theme available for purchase. Macrame hangings provide a coastal vibe, and the beach outfits by Jacki Holmes of Wormboy Clothing scream Stradbroke with their Island feel.
For a memento of a special visit to Stradbroke Island, as an addition to your home, or as a gift for overseas or interstate friends and family I have no doubt that you will find something to suit at Straddievarious: from Indigenous patterned cushion covers to hand-painted sun visors with a beach theme.
The gallery currently features works by Esther Austin OAM, Phil Bazzo, Nourish Naturally by Julie Elliott, Designs Wonderfully Made by Donna Mifsud, Stradbroke Island Lady with the Lamp Meredith Coyle, ceramic artist Laura Convey, Val Kerr, Heather McVea, photographers Julie Sisco, Kayleigh Specht and Peter Mackie, artist Shirley Kaye, poet and artist Allanah Elizabeth Higgins, Wormboy Clothing by Jacqui Holmes and Debra McCann.
Straddievarious is located at Shop 25, Raby Bay Harbour, Cnr Masthead Drive and Shore St, Cleveland. There is off-street parking and it is only minutes walking distance from both the bus and train station. It is also surrounded by cafes and bars, so plan to sit for an hour or two and enjoy the boats on the water.