FRESH CANVAS: Banana Shire Art Gallery Association president Alan McTaggart would like to see more community involvement with the local art scene.
FRESH CANVAS: Banana Shire Art Gallery Association president Alan McTaggart would like to see more community involvement with the local art scene. Glen Porteous

A call to arms for artisans

THE Banana Shire Art Gallery Association is looking for more artistic involvement from the local community to keep the creative imaginative talent flowing here.

President Alan McTaggart said there was some good local talent in the region and wanted anyone interested to come and join the group.

"We have about 15 members in our association and we are looking for more volunteers to become involved,” Mr McTaggart said.

There will be an annual general meeting on March 4, 5pm at the Banana Shire Administration Complex.

"The quality of art is a reflection of the spirit of the community and the health of artistic efforts and is something this community can be proud of,” he said.

Mr McTaggart also advocated supporting Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery.

"I encourage members to be friends of the art gallery and volunteer their time to help them,” he said.

Mr McTaggart said plans were under way for this year's Brigalow Arts Festival hosted every October.

"This major art show has been going for around 50 years in the Banana Shire and the Central Queensland region and attracts artists from Biloela, Emerald, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Brisbane,” he said.

Last year Brigalow Arts Festival was hosted in October and presented by the Banana Shire Art Gallery Association.

The 2018 festival had more than $8000 in prizemoney on offer thanks to many generous sponsors.

Emerging and professional artists of all art forms were invited to enter the festival, with 12 sections available.

For more information about this year's art festival email brigalowartsfestival@ gmail.com.


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