THERE are 111 days left until Christmas and Santa's little helpers are already working hard on the Granite Belt.

This year the usual festive spirit will be complemented by a series of specially commissioned wooden Christmas trees.

The Stanthorpe Chamber of Commerce is funding a project to create 30 handcrafted Christmas trees to be displayed in the main street.

Chamber Christmas Promotions sub-committee chairwoman Lucille Jensen said to make the project a reality five partners had been invited to partake.

The Stanthorpe Men's Shed, Stanthorpe State High School and St Joseph's School will build the trees and the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery and ArtWorks on Davadi will co-ordinate the finding of artists to decorate them.

"We had many meetings working on the design concept and then produced a template so all the trees would be a uniform size," she said.

"The 30 trees are in the final stages of construction and are due to be completed by late September.

"We are now looking to find 30 artists to create unique community art we can all admire."

Mrs Jensen said each artist would paint a tree and create 12 individual decorations.

The chamber will provide five $100 prizes for the most artistic creations.

The chamber would like to thank Howard's Sawmill for the generous discount on the timber.

ARTISTS WANTED

To register your interest in painting a Christmas tree, phone Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery on 46814158 or ArtWorks on Davadi on 46811874.

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