The Valley’s artistic essence

Tutor Marty Nuku from Ipswich with her story baskets made from recycled material fabrics, including bed sheet fabrics.Pictures: JESSE HAMILTON

Kensington Grove Park played host to the first-ever Art in the Valley event from June 7 to 9, welcoming creatives to immerse themselves in a whirlwind of creativity.

The creative showcase welcomed 14 experienced art and craft tutors from Lockyer Valley and the surrounds to instruct in 20 unique workshops from polymer clay, acrylic paintings, and pottery across the three days.

Art in the Valley coordinator Maz Gibson said the event had attracted creatives from far and wide, with the classes designed to be longer in length.

“The workshops today are designed to be longer in length at three and a half hours,” she said.

“One of the many interesting workshops is they’re making a wire bird out of chicken wire, and there’s 17 people in that one class.

“All the materials for the weekend were supplied, and ladies just went online and chose what they wanted to do, and they’ll go away with majority finished product.

“We’ve got people from Roma and Goondiwindi here, so it’s amazing that they’ve come all the way to the Lockyer Valley.”

Mrs Gibson said the goal is to turn Art in the Valley into an annual event after such a positive inaugural year.

Clay by Julz artist Julie Brady taught an introduction to polymer clay class at the event and said it was encouraging to witness such a strong interest.

“This class is a beginner class, which is like a terrazzo style, she said.

“We help them with their slab building, cutting their earrings out, and we’re going to bake it and then we’ll show them a wrap technique.”