Proston artist / quilter Ruth Wagner with two of her works on display in Gallery 2 … Ruth is part of the Kingaroy Tangled Threads group

June 6, 2022

The Kingaroy Art Gallery’s traditional two-month winter celebration of crafts was officially launched on Friday night.

Gallery patron, former South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell, did the honours praising the gallery for encouraging South Burnett residents to “unleash their creativity” and take up crafts.

This is the sixth time the Kingaroy Gallery has hosted a winter craft festival, and the fifth time it has been able to boast that it’s the “Queensland Winter Craft Festival”, thanks to support from the Regional Arts Fund and the Flying Arts Alliance.

During June and July, the gallery will host exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations showcasing some of the best craftworkers Queensland has to offer.

The Alpaca Collective has taken over the main gallery in June with their 2022 Farm to Fashion Collection, featuring handcrafted winter apparel, either spun, woven or felted.

In Galley 2, Proston quilter Ruth Wagner has her “Shutters – Looking Out” exhibition. These are quilts but not how you know them … each tells a story. The quilted artworks, designed to be hung on a wall, each take weeks or more to create.

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June Craft Demonstrations

There will be different craft demonstrations at the Kingaroy Gallery every day throughout June (except June 25 and June 29-30).

The events will run from either 9:00am or 10:00am to 1:00pm.

Demonstrations include print making, spinning, weaving, rugmaking and paper making.

More information is available from the Gallery.

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June & July Workshops

More information regarding times and bookings can be made by phoning (07) 0488-793-419 or in person at the Gallery.

  • Saturday, June 4 – Artisan Pillar Candles, Artisan Soap-Making
  • Saturday, June 11 – Cats Claw Weaving
  • Sunday, June 12 – Piccabeen / Bangalow Palm Container
  • Saturday, June 18 – Clay Wind Chime
  • Saturday, July 2 – Wearable Floral Art
  • Saturday, July 2 – Modern Flower Arrangement
  • Saturday, July 9 – Bonsai
  • Sunday, July 10 – Kokedama
  • Saturday, July 16 – Mosaics

NB. Places are limited in all workshops.

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Quilt Trail

The traditional “Quilt Trail” will be open on July 23-24 with visitors invited to drop into various locations to learn more about quilting and view completed works: the Kingaroy Gallery, the Kingaroy QCWA Rooms (Kingaroy Street), Quilter’s Rest (562 Weens Road, Kingaroy), the Cooinda and Nanango Quilting Group display at Kingaroy Town Hall, Sew Much More (34 King Street, Kingaroy), Somethings Country (18 Alford Street, Kingaroy) and Alisellou Designs (Bunya Highway, Wooroolin).

Julia Jeffery, second from left (from the Alpaca Collective) with the three “fashion models” who wore some of the Collective’s items in a mini-parade on opening night …. Tara Damhuis, Amy Lee and Claire Hicks, all from Kingaroy
Rel Van Den Langenberg and Kim Thomas, from Goomeri, admire a felted jacket in the Alpaca Collective collection
Charlotte, Nicola and SBRC CEO Mark Pitt, arts portfolio holder Cr Danita Potter, former SBRC mayor Keith Campbell and his wife Marion … Keith opened the two-month Festival in his role as Gallery Patron
Three members of the Alpaca Collective … Myrie Cobby, Booie; Sam Bowler, Nanango; and Kirsten Jeffery, Wheatlands
Goomeri had a big contingent at the opening … from left, Rel Van Den Langenberg, Joy Loveday, Penny Ruthenberg, Kim Thomas, Lyn Broderick, Cheryl Collett and Carina Ludike

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables


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