Penelope Gilbert offers some guidance to Cecilie Bolton from Yepoon.
Penelope Gilbert offers some guidance to Cecilie Bolton from Yepoon.

People flock to Hervey Bay for art

JAN WALDECK left her Perth home on Thursday night, bound for Queensland and an art class in Hervey Bay.

Her friend from Western Austalia had told her all about McGregor on the Bay; she was coming back and urged Jan to do likewise.

Ms Waldeck was among 61 creative types milling around the Fraser Coast campus of USQ yesterday at the third staging of the intensive workshops that back up the university's summer and winter Schools.

She took the Onwards with Watercolour class, run by Charles Sluga, an internationally renowned professional water colourist.

Across the corridor in the university's B Block Brisbane master pastellist Penelope Gilbert-Ng was holding court before a group of creative disciples.

Next door clay instructor Melanie Dilday was helping her students to squeeze beads and pendants from the raw material.

Coralie Gunn, a teacher at Aldridge State High School, was back at McGregor for a second stint and hoping to be creating all types of jewels with her students next year.

“Hopefully I get to do this with the kids next year,” she said.

The popular workshops run until Monday.



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