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Tangled Threads members Kay Joyce and Ruth Wagner were busy at the Quilter's Rest preparing for the group's 2017 exhibition at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery

June 8, 2017

The Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery is getting ready for an influx of country crafters over the next two months.

This Friday (June 9) it will be officially launching the South Burnett Winter Craft Festival, which proved so successful on its first outing last year that it’s been renamed the Queensland Winter Craft Festival.

The Festival will showcase home-made crafts from around the South Burnett in June and July, with two different sets of crafts on display each month.

June will feature textile arts, Alpaca wool creations, lapidary, photography and woodwork; and July will feature wearable art, paper toile and pottery from the ReFire Project.

This week the Gallery’s volunteers have been assembling the June exhibition.

Guests who attend the opening night this Friday night will be able to view:

  • The Tangled Threads 2017 exhibition: Tangled Threads member and Quilter’s Rest owner Marion Lees have worked with artist Jenny Keys and used her work as an influence or source of inspiration for their latest collection of quilted pieces, which range in size and technique. The group has 13 members who meet once a month and exhibit their quilted art once a year.
  • The Alpaca Collective will showcase their 2017 Wearable Art Collection, which will include exclusive alpaca pieces created by Julia Jeffery using the Nuno felted technique, along with funky Alpaca art yarn and knits by Kirsten Jeffery. Also on show will be ‘Alpaca Dreams’ – luxury hand spun Alpaca winter wear created by Myrie Cobby.
  • The South Burnett Gem and Fossicking Club will be showcasing the lapidary process that turns rough rock into slabs, and then on to the cut and polished jewelry pieces ready for sale. Their exhibition will be complemented by photography and woodwork items prepared by club members.

The Queensland Winter Craft Festival will be officially opened between 6:00pm and 8:00pm by the Kingaroy Art Team’s new president Jenny Gemmell.

The June exhibition will be on display from June 7 to July 2, and the July exhibition from July 3 to 30.

The Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm Mondays to Fridays and 10:00am to 2:00pm on weekends.

Admission to view the exhibitions is free.

Kirsten and Julia Jeffery from Shady Pines Alpacas will be exhibiting a range of Alpaca wool clothing and art pieces at the Queensland Winter Craft Festival in Kingaroy

A small selection of works produced by members of the Tangled Threads textile art group


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