Coordinator of Arts and Craft Expo, Pat Burns, site manager of Wilmar Sugar Proserpine, Danny van Der Berg and President of ESA branch, Pat Mengel at the ESA Arts and Craft Expo at Proserpine Entertainment Centre. Photo Inge Hansen / Whitsunday Coast Guardian.
Coordinator of Arts and Craft Expo, Pat Burns, site manager of Wilmar Sugar Proserpine, Danny van Der Berg and President of ESA branch, Pat Mengel at the ESA Arts and Craft Expo at Proserpine Entertainment Centre. Photo Inge Hansen / Whitsunday Coast Guardian.

Rain won’t keep expo away

FOR Pat Burns, showcasing local talent is important for any community and the ESA's Arts and Craft Expo is the perfect way to do this in the Whitsundays.

Today, the ESA's (Epsilon Sigma Alpha) 20th Arts and Craft Expo officially opened inside the Proserpine Entertainment Centre and the room was filled with an assortment of unique creations.

Although the weather may have interfered with the number of people in attendance to begin with, rain didn't dampen the spirits of those involved.

"It's still great to see people getting involved and showcasing their art," coordinator of the expo, Ms Burns said.

Locals proudly displayed paintings, gem faceting, crocheting, scrap booking, photography, quilting, toy making and glass painting.

Outside the entertainment centre were a few gentleman doing some wood turning so visitors could have a look at how it's done.

Attendees can even get their palms read by 'Linda Virgo' in her cosy little tepee which is easy to spot.

ART: The ESA's Arts and Craft Expo is well underway at Proserpine Entertainment Centre. Photo Inge Hansen / Whitsunday Coast Guardian.
ART: The ESA's Arts and Craft Expo is well underway at Proserpine Entertainment Centre. Photo Inge Hansen / Whitsunday Coast Guardian. Inge Hansen

It's been 20 years since the ESA held their first arts and craft expo and the flow of creativity won't be slowing down any time soon.

"We have people come from all over the place," Ms Burns said.

"It's a community involvement project and every year we like to do something that involves the community."

Ms Burns has been a part of the ESA for nearly 53 years and she said it meant a lot to her.

"My mother was the Australian founder of ESA in 1963," she said.

"We're all volunteers and we work hard for our community."

The arts and crafts expo is open until 5pm today and from 9am to 5pm tomorrow.


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