Creativity takes flight at winery with painting workshop

BIRD LOVERS: Gabby McCray, Julia Imarissio and Coleen McCray.
BIRD LOVERS: Gabby McCray, Julia Imarissio and Coleen McCray. Luka Kauzlaric

LEARN how to paint and be part of a national event - all for the sake of a beautiful species of birds.

The Gecko Valley Winery will hold a Shorebird painting workshop on May 10 hosted by artist Margaret Worthington.

The workshop is in conjunction with the 2014 Farewell the Shorebirds national event.

Members of Farewell the Shorebirds receive a weekly webcast from Birdlife Australia which mark the departure of another wave of birds and track their progress.

Gecko Valley Winery owner Coleen McCray said it was the first time they had held a painting workshop.

"We basically have all of Margaret's paintings. We are her local central Queensland gallery," she said.

She said they were overwhelmed by the interest the workshop had received so far, but there were still places left.

Ms Worthington is a professional artist who specialises in watercolour and multimedia.

"It's a great opportunity for the general public. Margaret doesn't usually do these," Colleen said.

The Shorebird painting workshop will be held on Saturday, May 10, from 9am-3pm.

There is no charge for the workshop, but a luncheon or morning tea is offered for $30.

For more information phone 4979 0400.



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