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• GOOD THINGS COME IN TWO’S There has been a change at Macleay Island Arts Complex with the island arts group now having two presidents! This has come about with previous new president Melinda Biggs and vice president Beatrice Sheehan resigning their positions in early December. At a special meeting a few days later, Christoper Gilbert returned to the role he relinquished a few weeks ago, and is joined by Catherine Marsh as joint presidents! Both have loads of experience and a strong desire to see MIAC progress positively into an exciting future. They say good things happen in two’s and we can report that MIAC now has two vice-presidents as well with Philippa Gilbert and Marie Peters taking on the roles. The presidents and the vice-presidents are professionals in their own right. These latest moves were later ratified by a later general meeting.

• MEMBERS EXCITED WITH FUNDING MIAC members are excited about the Federal Government funding for a new MIAC premises. MIAC has received a massive $2 million grant for the building of a totally new, purpose-built gallery and arts precinct. The complex has been designed by architect president Christopher Gilbert and his submission for the funding played a huge role in its success, aided by State MP Kim Richards and Federal ALP candidate Donisha Duff. The new building will be much larger than the present gallery and will encompass the entire current footprint that involves the current gallery and work areas as well as the adjoining pottery shed. The structure will be in two sections and on two different, but adjoining levels. The higher level will include a large pottery area opening to a covered deck overlooking Moreton Bay to the west as well as an art work room and a racking kiln room. The lower level will house administration on the road side, kitchen and bathroom facilities, two galleries and a cafe shop. The cafe shop and Gallery 2 will open up onto a substantial verandah and covered terrace, again overlooking the wonderful waterfront location. This area will be ideal for current openings of art exhibitions and events. • OTHER MIAC STUFF Other happenings at MIAC include the Summer Exhibition of local artworks at the Gallery open each day from 10am to 3pm; a great thing to do if you are on holidays! Don’t miss Paula Bowie’s Scraffito workshop that runs from 11 January from 9.30am. Scraffito is one of the oldest and most popular pottery decorating techniques dating back to the ancients.To book call Paula on 0409 898 192. There will also be an exhibition of original paintings and sculptures in the MIAC Gallery by Evelyn Griffiths and Karen Foster. It opens on 14th January at 1pm. Be there! • RUSSELL ISLAND COMMUNITY ARTS (RICArts) – A community-based organisation offering Art, Pottery, Ukulele, Sewing, Mosaic and Craft sessions from Monday to Friday. Weekday sessions $5 to attend – including morning tea. Yearly membership only $25 or $20 Concession. 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. More info: Ph: 07 3409 1834 or 0418 445 942. Email - ricartsfarm@gmail.com website: www.russellislandarts.com/ • RICArts Members’ Exhibition continues through until 17 January 2023 and includes members’ artworks in all forms. Collection of sold and unsold works by 17 January please. This exhibition incorporates our popular $50 and under sale as well as artworks over $50. Come along and snap up a bargain. This exhibition will be replaced by the January Members’ Exhibition which will run from January 20th through to 8 February. Opening night is Friday 20 January at 6pm. BYO Drinks and a plate of nibbles to share. All welcome. • RICArts will reopen for 2023 on Monday 9 January with all sessions operating. A visit to The Farm, Arthouse & Gallery is a relaxing way to spend an hour or two under the shady avo trees with a cuppa from the lovely Rosie at Island Beans Coffee Cart. Check out the wonderful island art or come along to one of our pottery, sewing, art, craft, mosaic or ukulele sessions held every weekday morning 9.30am to 12.30pm • ALKATRAZARTZ HOLIDAY TATOO? Island artist and tattooist Darren Goleby has great idea for you for 2023! How about a tattoo? If that doesn’t interest you, then call and see his terrific art studio and check out some of those wonderful Viking carvings he is doing at the present time. His artwork and mural work is renowned on our islands. Darren has a lovely gallery setting in Heron Street, Macleay Island, and his works are also on display at the regular Lions Markets that are held monthly on Macleay Island. His stick on/removable tattoos are proving popular with the children. He applies more permanent ones at his home studio. Phone him on 0415728470.

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