Woolshed to showcase region’s best

IT started as a rustic setting to showcase bush creativity nearly 20 years ago and today the Art in the Woolshed exhibition shows the work of some of the region's most talented artists and artisans.

This year the eighth Art in the Woolshed will be held in the 85-year-old shearing shed at Bendee, just west of Stanthorpe, in early June.

Organising committee member Sarah McMeniman said the event had been initiated by the Traprock Group in 1997.

"Initially it was designed to provide a venue for members, as well as invited artists and artisans, to show their creative work in a bush setting," Mrs McMeniman said.

"A shearing shed proved an unusual and intriguing venue to display a range of original and handcrafted work.

"Traprock members are committed to putting on an exhibition of innovative and quality artwork, so that visitors gain an immediate impression on entering the shed that this is something 'out of the ordinary'."

This year many of the invited artisans will display their work at their own individual stalls within a marquee.

Mrs McMeniman said this would give visitors more space to view the range of work and the opportunity to buy directly from the artisan.

The 2013 collection includes woven, knitted and felted wool creations, gold and silver jewellery, raku pottery, timber, silk scarves, leather and beadwork.

Within the spacious old woolshed there will be displays of artwork, sculpture and forged steel.

The eighth Art in the Woolshed exhibition will be held on June 8 at Bendee Woolshed, 20 minutes drive from Stanthorpe on Springdale Rd.

For information visit http://www.artinthewoolshed.com.au or phone 07 4681 2057



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