MACKAY is home to some incredible creative talent across every discipline including painting, pottery, wood-turning, jewellery making, drawing and more.
The stunning colours, shapes and forms of their original wares were on display at the Christmas Arts and Craft Fair hosted by the Mackay Art Society on Saturday and Sunday.
Mackay Art Society president Sharee McDonald said the fair was an opportunity for local and surrounding artists to sell their “top-quality” goods before Christmas.
“It’s an easy going and relaxed atmosphere,” Ms McDonald said.
Mackay artist Rosie Ware said she started learning the art of scroll sawing with the Mackay Woodturners after her husband passed away seven years ago.
“My husband was a member … they wanted me to learn something,” Mrs Ware said.
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East Mackay artist Marion Rolleston had a range of watercolour paintings for sale including intricately painted tea sets, cards and magnets.
For the little more out there, husband and wife artists Michael and Julia Ibbotson paint objects found on the beach like coconuts with bright neon glow-in-the-dark designs.
“Coconuts can have faces and they’re all different,” Mr Ibbotson said, pointing to a coconut that shared a resemblance to a puffer fish.
The pair said they were inspired after meeting artist Marrissa Moore who painted glow-in-the-dark art pieces for her family home’s skirting boards so the children could see at night.
And for those who appreciate tried and tested old-fashioned wooden toys, there was a range of vehicles to delight any young child including trucks created by two Mackay wood-turners in their 90s.
There was also live painting demonstrations including by Mackay artist Susan Riley Gee who was creating a large seascape from acrylics.
Mrs Gee is part of the Artist Collective that teaches art on Hamilton Island five times each year.
To fair will run until 4pm Sunday November 22 at the Mackay Art Society building in Snow Wright Crt in Andergrove. For more information, phone 0409 474 291.
You can also head down to the Mackay Art Society at Snow Wright Court, Andergrove from 9am to 3pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as well as 5pm to 8pm on Wednesdays.
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Costs are $5 for members and $10 for non-members which includes use of the easels.