ART: Some of the art on display at Big4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort’s Palm House for the Koala Convention on Saturday. Photo: Inge Hansen
ART: Some of the art on display at Big4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort’s Palm House for the Koala Convention on Saturday. Photo: Inge Hansen

Artists showing off their creativity at convention

IF YOU have an eye for art and a love for creativity, the Koala Convention in Cannonvale was the place to be last weekend.

Filled with an assortment of high-end textiles and embroidery and workshops teaching all the tips and tricks of different crafts, the convention had a little something for everyone.

Event organiser Wendy Wilson said she and her husband, Andy, had run the convention for 17 years in Brisbane and the weekend event was a "taster" for the Creative Arts Festival to be held in the Whitsundays next year.

"We wanted to see the reaction in Airlie before we bring the big festival here next year," she said. "We want locals to come in and have a look at the displays because there is some beautiful work here."

Attendees were taught painting, felting, embroidery, textiles, silk painting, oil and acrylic painting and more.

Textile artist and tutor Robyn Alexander came from New South Wales to share her talent and has one of the leading boutique, embroidery and textile businesses in Australia.

"I've been doing this for about 21 years and I'm very excited to be a part of the convention," she said.

"Everyone has done really well and has created some beautiful work."

Next year, the Creative Arts Festival will be held in the Cannonvale State School hall and Ms Wilson said the event was going to be "massive".

"(Next year) we're offering 55 embroidery and textile workshops," she said.

"We already have 90 bookings and we're expecting to have hundreds."

To be held from August 1-7 in 2017, next year's convention will consists of six two-day workshops run by professional tutors, from South Africa, Austria, England and across Australia, who will attend the event and help locals by passing on their creative knowledge. Visit http://www.koalaconventions.com.au or call 0408 813 920.


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