Susie Ryan (left) and Helen Ferrier at the Bendee Woolshed for Art in the Woolshed.
Susie Ryan (left) and Helen Ferrier at the Bendee Woolshed for Art in the Woolshed.

Art on display at the woolshed

CATHY Smith is delighted her son Ken is one of the second generation Traprock Wool families exhibiting at Art in the Woolshed.

Of the 50 families involved in an organisation which promotes quality fine wool from the Traprock country between Warwick, Stanthorpe and Inglewood, one or more members of 10 to 15 families have a hobby which comes to the fore every second year at Art in the Woolshed.

Mrs Smith, one of the Art in the Woolshed curators, and her son Ken both had items in the exhibition. There were 55 artisans involved, exhibiting a range of arts, crafts, timber, leather and bush products.

“We invited 18 artists to show paintings,” Mrs Smith said.

“There was really good feedback about the 2010 venue, the Bendee woolshed owned by Derek and Sandy Newton. It is a working woolshed.”

Art in the Woolshed committee member Margie Finlay said the exhibition allowed people to show their creative talents and provide an outlet (for sales).

“Some of the exhibitors are bushies who have never done this before,” she said.

“There is ironbark furniture and leather work from Traprock Wool members and a lot of hand-woven, hand-knitted and hand-spun wool along with felted wool garments.”

The first day of the event attracted a crowd of 1000.

Mrs Finlay said the crowd was up on some previous years.

“We always rely on the weather. If it is a sunny day, the crowd is better,” she said.

“People were invited to give a gold coin donation at the gate for Ozcare which runs a program called Bush Connections to help rural families in need.”



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