Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cooktown Art Festival Shire Hall Displays


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bloomfield Artist Margaret McCosh - Art Dolls

As part of the Cooktown Art Festival the Bloofield Artists displayed paintings, fine crafted wooden furniture, and a range of art works including these wonderful dolls. Also see our Web Site for paintings by Margaret.


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Saturday Markets @ Cooktown Art Festival

Cooktown locals hold a market in the park every Saturday. For the Cooktown Art Festival Week-end everyone made a special effort to display Art, craft, jewelry and produce for sale. The yummy food stalls are always busy.



Click this link to see Roly's Shop

Cooktown Art Festival - Woodcarving - Mark Berg

Mark Berg's discovery of woodcarving has become a lifelong passion. He captures the colour, texture and beauty of woods expressed through elegant and functional works. The usefulness and unique properties of wood and an attraction to natural science led Mark to realise that the pleasure we humans gain from making and using tools has persisted from the stone age to the present. He first discovered his enthusiasm for woodcarving making handles for garden tools. He studied Polynesian wood and stone artifacts and tools at Auckland museum and learnt basic carving techniques working with Maori woodcarvers. These skills have been honed over twenty years working on Australian hardwoods.

Some of the works can be seen at Aukland University or in Cooktown at the Courthouse, Hospital and Botanic Gardens. Most works are in private collections.

Photos of Woodwork

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Cooktown Art Festival 2009 - At The Kindy

The Cooktown Art Festival is showcasing the work of our youngest artists with the Kindergarden Art Display, Coffe Shop and Cake Stall!

Cooktown Art Festival Arty Bras

Friday, August 14, 2009

Cooktown Art Festival Belly Dancers

Filmed at Cooktown Art Festival opening night Friday 14th August 2009 at the Cooktown Creative Arts Association in Charlotte Street Cooktown. The local belly dancers provided this wonderful entertainment. There was also music and the fashion parade of Arty Bras with many fantastic entries.
The festival is Supported by Cook Shire Council, Queensland Events and Queensland Government Gambling Community Benefits Fund. Details on festival events at

Cooktown Art Festival Dunny Art!

Some of the entries in the Dunny Art at Cooktown Art Festival!

Cooktown Art Festival Opens Tonight!

Today everyone was busily preparing for the opening tonight of the Cooktown Art Festival. The banners are outside the venues and feature the Cooktown gecko by Heather Willcox, a local artist.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Sarah Blasko and QMF Laid In Earth Concert 2009

Last night at a free in Cooktown the weather put on a welcome of wind and drizzly rain. But the show must go on! Sarah Blasko sang as part of the one and only performance of the newly composed work titled 'Laid In Earth' by composer Damian Barbeler.
The afternoon began with the massed percussion piece ‘Mothership’, performed by school children from the region. Following this, new songs from Indigenous Deadly Award winning band Black Image and Sydney’s Kurrawong Ensemble lead into the sunset performance of Laid In Earth, which was introduced with a vocal blessing by the renowned Hope Vale Choir.

Performers included Damian Barbeler, Emma-Louise, Daniel Rojas, community singers from Hope Vale, Rossvilleand Cooktown, Black Image Band and the Kurrawong Ensemble.

Cooktown QMF Laid In Earth Concert

One off performance of the Cooktown 'Laid In Earth' Concert as part of the Queensland Music festival on Saturday 1st August 2009.

Video of the Hopevale Choir's introduction to the newly commissioned work from celebrated composer Damian Barbeler.

Golden Brush Award Winner

Congratulations to the Golden Brush Award winner for the July theme 'Frogs'! Heather Willcox won with this pastel depicting two frogs. Five paintings were entered in all. Heather's was chosen as the outstanding entry. A second pastel entered by Heather depicting a 'lazy frog' was also highly praised.

The prize for July is either a set of flat Taklon brushes or a new frame (glass and matt board) suitable for pastels or watercolour paintings.
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