SOME of Gladstone's best local artistic talent was on display at Creative Gladstone's Christmas Open Day, with visitors streaming through the door on Saturday to enjoy market stalls and Christmas decoration workshops.
For volunteer Bob Watson, the day was extra special as he unveiled a piece he painted for fellow volunteer Kristel Kelly.
"Kristel's father-in-law gave me a photo and asked me to paint an emu family portrait," he said.
"It was such a laugh and I reckon I got the whole family just right!"
Ms Kelly couldn't believe how well the painting turned out.
"Isn't it great?" she asked.
"Each emu represents someone different and he did the composition based on a family photograph.
"The composition is exactly like an old photo we have, it's fantastic."
The open day marked the first day of the centre's Christmas markets which will run from 9-4pm every day (except Sunday) until Christmas.
Vice-president Diane Steenkamp said the markets were an important end to a fantastic year of creativity in Gladstone.
"As a community run art space, Creative Gladstone relies heavily on volunteers and brings people together to celebrate, share and sell local art," she said.
"We are so grateful for the amount of support the community has showed us, and for what we can give back."
"Next year is just going to be bigger and better with more new ideas, workshop and exhibitions in the works."
Sisters work hard then have some Christmas fun
BROOKE Yetman, 13, was busy making Christmas decorations at Creative Gladstone, after working hard to set up a market stall and make fruit kebabs for hungry visitors.
"We worked all morning with mum and now we are having some fun making decorations," she said.
"The snowman I just made looks a bit scary, but my Christmas tree looks a little better."
Her sister Renee, 15, also volunteered and had some trouble with her handmade reindeer.
"I just can't get the legs right, but I will," she said.
"We're going to the Gold Coast for Christmas and mum is bringing a little tree to put in the hotel, so my reindeer will go up then.
"I really like the markets because it shows how creative people are and gives you a chance to see what other people make."