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New home for arts group officially open

NEW ART SPACE: Creative Gladstone vice-president Diane Steenkamp, with members Kristel Kelly, Christine Krebs, Marj Cameron, Sarah Namazi, Irene Sparks, Bob Watson and Lee McIvor outside their new premises which was officially opened on Saturday.
NEW ART SPACE: Creative Gladstone vice-president Diane Steenkamp, with members Kristel Kelly, Christine Krebs, Marj Cameron, Sarah Namazi, Irene Sparks, Bob Watson and Lee McIvor outside their new premises which was officially opened on Saturday. Luka Kauzlaric

AFTER months of hard work, the new home of Creative Gladstone was officially opened on Saturday with live entertainment, art demonstrations, stalls and artwork on display.

Creative Gladstone vice-president Diane Steenkamp said the new premises wouldn't have been possible without the generous support of sponsors, local businesses and dedicated volunteers.

She said the new venue

offered opportunities for growth and she encouraged people to get on board.

"The visibility of this premises is great," she said.

"It's right opposite the school; there's a lot of traffic; it's indoor and outdoor.

"We can now conduct workshops outside. We don't have to worry about ventilation and all that sort of thing.

"We run with volunteers, so we'd like to encourage people, if they want to get involved in this vibrant artist community to do so and offer their time. We'd be more than willing to welcome them."

Creative Gladstone member Gary Hill said the centre was important in supporting and developing artistic talent.

"It's an opportunity to show your work and have it displayed in the community," he said.

"It's a great form of advertising for local artists."

The centre is open 10am-4pm Monday to Friday and 10am-2pm on Saturdays.

Anyone interested in volunteering should email creativegladstone@gmail.com.

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