October 2-28 will bring the display of The Artisans’ Guild Annual Members Exhibition, with the local community invited to join in the celebration by attending the official opening on Friday, October 6, from 6pm.
“There will be art and craft everywhere,” said Ms Jacqui Ferguson, President of the Artisans’ Guild. “Our Guild Patron, Mr Greg Chippendale, will officially open the event and the awards will be presented by various sponsors. Entry is ten dollars per person and includes wine and finger food.”
As part of the monthly celebrations, The Burpengary East Community Complex Markets will be held on Saturday, October 14 from 8am. This free event will see locals bustling to the beat of Maurice Hardy’s guitar and exploring the creations of artists and craftsmen.
Maurice has been a local for over a decade, however it took quite a journey for him to reach our paradise. Relocating from Tasmania’s North West coast where he had a reputation for singing Slim Dusty songs on the way home from school, Maurice has won several Golden Guitars and was named Tasmanian Country Music Awards Male Vocalist.
His music has been featured on radio and rocked festivals, but of all his accomplishments, Maurice’s clash with prostate cancer and his wife’s victory over Hodgkin lymphoma is by far the greatest.
“It was during the long sessions of treatment and recovery that my words came to the fray. I had faced lightning twice and walked out of it with 95,000 words worth of sci-fi and music itching in my soul,” said Maurice.
Now, Maurice is hitting the road again, sharing his music with the East Coast and performing at the Burpengary East Community Complex Markets.
“Maurice is the real star,” said Ms Ferguson. “He is such a talented, creative individual, not to mention a successful author, singer and songwriter. He writes stories and sings songs much like a bard of old, though unlike Shakespeare, Maurice can actually sign his own work, and will be signing and selling copies of his sci-fi fantasy book series ‘Shadows of Perfection’ at the markets.”
The market, a combined effort of the Artisans’ Guild, Men’s Shed, King Street Players Theatre and the Lions Club, will include a sausage sizzle and cake stall as well as a vintage motorbike display with morning tea provided by the Artisans’ Guild for five dollars per person. Moreton Bay’s own radio station, 101.5FM, will also be broadcasting live from the event.
With their third decade of operation fast approaching, the Artisans’ Guild has grown into an integral part of the community.
“Thanks to Council we have this amazing space, and we look forward to seeing many first timers and regulars wandering through the gallery or rummaging through the market stalls during October,” said Ms Ferguson.
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX
The Artisans’ Guild Annual Members Exhibition
Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm
Saturday 9am to 1pm
Official Opening of Annual Members Exhibition
Entry 6pm, $10 per person
Includes Wine and Finger Food
The Burpengary East Community Complex Markets
Entry 8am onwards, FREE