OPENING SUCCESS: Brooke Summerville, president of Boomerang Bags, with GBART organiser Rosy Chapman and sculptor Gabriel Trabucco
OPENING SUCCESS: Brooke Summerville, president of Boomerang Bags, with GBART organiser Rosy Chapman and sculptor Gabriel Trabucco

Art lovers rejoice: Events keep coming for trail initiative

THE Granite Belt Art and Craft Trail opening night was held last Friday at the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery.

Over 100 invitees attended, including speakers James Lister, Member for Southern Downs, Southern Downs mayor Tracy Dobie and acclaimed bronze sculptor Phillip Perides.

Function attendees were entertained by music on grand piano by Morwenna Harslett as artists, supporters and local dignitaries mingled.

GBART organiser and event MC Rosy Chapman said it was wonderful to receive community support.

“We were thrilled to have Phillip Perides as keynote speaker on the night. Phillip is a fine realist bronze sculptor renowned for his military works.

“He has just been commissioned to create a bronze sculpture for Stanthorpe called Woman with Child. It will commemorate the role local women played in World War Two.

“Phillip spoke about the importance of engaging youth in artistic studies and what it can mean for economic development in rural areas.

“It can create new employment opportunities and build a more balanced demographic in rural areas.

“Arts and cultural tourism makes a significant contribution to community wellbeing. Engaging in creative activities is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen and heal both individuals and communities.

“Perides Art Projects was founded in 1984 by Phillip Piperides and is one of the most respected and prestigious “fine arts” foundries in Australia. It specialises in casting bronze and aluminium sculptures.

“Phillip Piperides is at the pinnacle of his industry. Notoriety has only given Piperides added incentive to explore the endless boundaries of the art world and continues to impress his many collectors.

“The Granite Belt Art and Craft Trail is a chance to show our community resilience and the great services, businesses and opportunities within our region.”

The Granite Belt Art and Craft Trail — Open Studios Event is providing a fully immersive experience of the rich tapestry of culture, talent, history and artefacts in the region.

It continues this weekend, October 26-27.

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