Final touches have been added to Kate Victoria Creative Studio in a notable Bundaberg CBD building, with art workshops about to begin.
Kate Neal’s desire to share her love of art has now been fulfilled as she transforms the studio on the corner of Bourbong and Maryborough Streets into a hub of creativity.
The new business will soon offer up paint-and-sip style classes as well as children's workshops and more.
Moving to Bundaberg from Mackay to be closer to family a little more than a year ago, Kate said her creative journey had started at a young age and she was now finally feeling accomplished.
“When I finished school I wanted to have a creative career so I studied and became a graphic designer, and worked at a signage company for several years, but never really felt fulfilled,” she said.
“I had strayed away from my art for a little while; then a few years ago I realised how much I missed creating, and I was most myself while I was making art and doing what I love.
“I started drawing and painting again and finding my creative identity and style.
“That’s when I decided I wanted to make a career out of my art and so Kate Victoria Creative was born.”
Kate said the location, which was previously a café, was ideal for her art workshops and she looked forward to inviting the community members in to inspire their own creativity.
“I feel so lucky to have secured such an amazing location and building to turn into my dream studio,” Kate said.
“Moving here has definitely been the right thing for me, especially in my creative career.
“It’s a beautiful region and there is such an amazing, supportive community of small businesswomen here that have shown so much love and support to me.”
It’s been a busy few months for Kate while transforming the studio.
“I’ve had so much fun with the renovation and seeing the transformation of everything coming together has been so rewarding, especially as I’ve done most of the work myself,” she said.
“It’s been a lot of hard work, but I’ve loved the challenge and the journey so much!
“I’ve never run a business like this before, but (I) have worked in one, which made me realise how much I loved it.
“If you had told me a year ago that I’d be opening my own studio in the CBD of Bundaberg I would have said you were dreaming. Looks like dreams do come true.
“It’s such a beautiful building with so much character that just needed a bit of love and it has really come to life since.”
At Kate Victoria Creative Studio, painting workshops will be offered for children seven years and older through to adults, with various artwork to choose from.
“These are group workshops that anyone can book in for via online booking through my website, but seating will be limited for each session, and I will also take bookings for private groups/parties,” Kate said.
“In each session I will go through step-by-step instructions for creating artwork on either a canvas board, a pot or an assortment of timber pieces, all offered at different times throughout the year.
“All equipment will be supplied, and no painting experience is necessary.
“I’m really looking forward to spreading my love of art and offering a happy space for people to have some fun, unleash some creativity and have a few laughs.”
To find out more about Kate Victoria Creative Studio click here.