As part of the upcoming Childers Festival visitors are encouraged to explore the Childers Trail made up of unique experiences and products on offer for a limited time during the annual event.
One of the main features of the trail is the Integrated Disability Support Services (IDSS) Beautifully Different Art Exhibition.
You can drop in and browse the works of local residents who have collectively encapsulated what it means to be “beautifully different”.
IDSS Community Engagement Officer Debbie Tedge said the idea for the exhibition came to the team after the Sunshine Coast IDSS hosted a similar event.
“IDSS Childers was inspired after seeing the awesome art exhibition hosted by IDSS, Sunshine Coast,” Debbie said.
“We also wanted to shine a spotlight on a couple of our very talented participants.
“We have been absolutely amazed by the support provided by the local arts community.”
Two of the artists whose work feature in the exhibition are Rainia and Jody.
Rainia said her artwork of lily pads and frogs had transformed over time to get to its finished look.
“I started with a background with blue and purple paint,” Rainia said.
“I wanted to create an apple orchard and lilly pillys at the same time.
“I could not do both so it became lily pads with a frog, but it was fun to do.”
Jody has created a sculpture for the exhibition, which aims to encourage people to be young at heart.
“The mermaid’s name is Maree which means Star of the Sea,” Jody said.
“I created her because no-one should have to grow up, we should always be young at heart.”
The exhibition will be open at 43 Churchill Street, Childers during the following times:
• Friday 29 July 10 am to noon
• Saturday 30 July 10 am to 3 pm
Other exclusive offerings as part of the Childers Trail include:
Grand Hotel Childers – ‘The Cane Cutter' cocktail
Come and experience Childers’ oldest pub celebrating 130 years in 2022.
Try ‘The Cane Cutter’ Cocktail created by grand mixologist Emma Mikelsons and available only during Childers Festival, featuring locally distilled Bundaberg Rum and Kalki Moon Pink Gin.
While you are there, ask about their famous ghostly apparition ‘Luke The Spook’, featured in countless news articles, books and television shows!
Sue’s Secret Serenity – Cane Fire Painting Workshops
Spark your creativity with a painting tutorial inspired by one of the region’s most iconic scenes, a cane fire.
Run exclusively during Childers Festival, your workshop will include everything you need to create your masterpiece.
• Thursday 28 July – Saturday 30 July – 9 am, noon, 3 pm
• Sunday 31 July – 9 am, noon
• Cost: $20
You can book your place here.
You can find the full Childers Trail and festival program here.
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