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MIAC GETS HELP FROM JOHN! The Macleay Island Arts Complex Inc is in a big adjustment mode with the waterside gallery starting to be dismantled in readiness for the big $2 million rebuild. The group’s pottery shed has been sold, and the pottery kilns have been moved as part of the dismantling. John from Macleay Island Hardware has come to the aid of the MIAC and picked up the two kilns and moved them to a safe location for the duration, so a big thank you to John for his kind efforts. MIAC will be running the new kiln for members over the next 12-18 months from co-president Christopher Gilbert’s kiln garage. INTERIM GALLERY SET UP! The MIAC Art Gallery is now located at the Macleay Island Shopping complex in Southsea Terrace, behind the Macleay Island Post Office. Volunteers have been hard at it for a couple of weeks setting up the area for the temporary gallery which will be utilised for some time whilst the new gallery is being built. SIP N SOUP The MIAC group are still extremely busy with the Monet Bus trip, and also, coming up is the Sip ‘n Soup annual event where the attendees get to keep the bowl for their soups, and if they like it, they can have a matching set made at a later date. Sip n Soup is MIAC’s favourite Winter event to be held on 19th August 5pm at the Macleay Island Progress Hall. $30 ticket includes the bowl in which you get your soup. Choice of soups, bread, tea and coffee. • RUSSELL ISLAND COMMUNITY ARTS (RICArts) – A community-based organisation offering Art, Pottery, Ukulele, Mosaic and Craft sessions from Monday to Friday with gallery open on weekends too. All welcome! Come along and see what we have to offer you. Find us at The Farm, Art House & Gallery, entry via Robert St, Russell Island. A short walk from the jetty. More info: Ph: 0418 445 942. Email - website: • RICArt’s is now dressed to thrill thanks to Dunc the Painter!! The gallery is certainly looking very spruced up and dressed to thrill. RICArts members would like to send a huge shout out to Dunc the Painter who did such a wonderful job painting The Farm, Arthouse & Gallery, Russell Island AND he donated his time and painted the roof for FREE!!! What a wonderful person and what a wonderful job. We can highly recommend Dunc the Painter whose motto “Where Quality Counts” is certainly reflected in his paintwork. Contact Dunc the Painter on 0413 581 680 and tell him RICArts recommended him. You won’t be disappointed! • RICArt’s 2nd Annual ‘Out of the Flame’ Pottery & General Members’ Exhibition runs till 8 August. This exhibition continues until 8 August with over 100 pieces of pottery and artwork for sale. • Garden Art Workshops – Last chance Saturday 5 August – Introduction to Sculpture with Bob Turner Bob will be running the last session at The Fisherman’s Shack, 24 Douglas Street, Russell Island (next to Jock Kennedy Park) incorporating mosaic, sculpture, moulds, carving etc. The cost is $15 with most materials supplied. Bookings essential at The Farm, Arthouse & Gallery or contact Mandy 0460 404 499. • Paint & Sip with Mandy Pearson – Sunflowers inspired by Van Gough Saturday 19 August, 10am to 1pm at The Farm, Arthouse & Gallery. Cost is $40 members/$50 non-members with all art materials supplied. BYO beverage of choice & snacks with tea/coffee provided. • RICArts proudly presents Maxine Thompson Pencil Drawing 2-day workshop supported by Redland City Council’s Community Grants Program 2022-23 funding. Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 September. Bookings are essential as places are strictly limited and filling fast. Waiting list is available. Cost is $150 members/$170 non-members with full payment required on booking. Book at the gallery or contact Mandy 0460 404 499. Funding for this event has been provided by Redland City Council. RICArts 4th Annual Art Competition “My Favourite Place’ or ‘Where I Live’. Entries due Friday 22 September. $25 per entry limited to 2 entries per artist. All mediums welcome. For more details and entry forms call into the gallery or contact Interested in being a Sponsor for this event? Please contact to discuss. • SMBI Garden Competition 2023 Awards Event will again be hosted at The Farm, Arthouse & Gallery on Saturday 7 October at 4pm with winners being announced by Damien & Andre`. Entry forms now available from The Farm, Arthouse & Gallery, Russell Island and other SMBI venues. ART MY WORD – a book based art exhibition! Artists, this is for you!It all started with a little idea in 2020, of raising funds for the Macleay Island Community Library. Art My Word is now running for the third year and it has turned into a big celebration of Art, Storytelling and Community. It is fantastic to see so many writers, photographers and artists taking on the challenge of making something new from a random source of inspiration. Come to the Macleay Library and register ($20) for this fun art exercise. Collect your lucky-dip-book and let the creative process begin. Free choice of medium and free interpretation. You can quill it, quilt it, sculpt it, fold it, photograph it, turn it, twist it, knot it, knit it, etch it, engineer it. You can break it, rip it, tear it, carve it, glue it, fold it, cut it. You chose. We are looking forward to seeing your entries!! REDLAND ART GALLERY Current exhibitions at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland feature works inspired by skyward visions and coastal adventures on Redlands Coast. Works by Brisbane artists Paula Irene Payne and Jordan Azcune reflect their time spent in and around Redlands Coast, but through different lenses. In View From the Edge, Payne presents paintings that respond to environmental themes and personal stories. Other works in the exhibition explore the shared expansiveness of the ocean and the night sky. The natural surroundings are a strong feature in Azcune’s Green sky, orange clouds, purple rain. He spent his first 20 years on Redlands Coast and, in this exhibition, he reinterprets this connection through colour, form and experimental processes. For more information and to register, visit



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