Tweed Rotarians show crafty side

Tweed artist Max Jessop with some of his paintings.
Tweed artist Max Jessop with some of his paintings. John Gass

TWEED Valley Woodcrafters will again join the Rotary Club of Tweed Heads South from Friday July 20, for the annual Rotarian Art Show at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre.

The show will feature wood crafted art pieces and more practical works as well as the traditional paintings and sculptures people have come to expect at the annual show.

Rotary spokesperson Wendy Scarlett said the exhibit would feature around 120 paintings and all art on show would be for sale.

"All proceeds will go to Rotary's youth projects," Ms Scarlett said.

"Rotary's motto is doing good in the world and it's a way for ordinary people to help others in ways they'd never imagined."

Rotary supports many initiatives including youth camps where kids and young adults are taught new skills such as leadership and how to set and achieve goals.

The organisation has also helped bring sick children from poorer countries to Australia for medical treatment, sent disaster aid to areas stricken by natural catastrophes and worked towards the eradication of polio.

Tweed River Art Gallery director Susi Muddiman will select an overall winner who will receive a $1,000 first prize while Ms Muddiman will pick a high commendation, to be awarded a smaller prize of $200.

Painting exhibitor and Vietnam Vet Max Jessop said he would show three paintings and had as much chance as the next man to take out first place.

His painting 'Theanthropos' would be on show for the first time and was a personal favourite.

Max explained the painting was created from tar, acrylic and filler and was a real joy to make.

The woodcrafters display has attracted a lot of interest over the past two years, with some outstanding work on show.

This year will be the first year woodcrafters will have their work judged and an official winner will be announced on Friday.

Four independent judges have been engaged to judge the best from around 130 entries in 20 categories.

Woodcrafters spokesman Terry Fahy said members had fashioned some novel and practical pieces and a lot were up for sale.

Friday evening is the official opening with tickets available at $10 per person at the door and nibblies, bubbly and live music included in the price.

The free exhibiton will continue over the weekend on Saturday July 21 and Sunday July 22.

The event attracted around 700 people last year and organisers hope to exceed that number.

Topics:  art, community, rotarian art show, rotary club, tweed heads south




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