Art Tarts return to Bribie Island

Published 4:00pm 2 November 2023

Art Tarts return to Bribie Island
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

One of Bribie Island’s most popular art exhibitions is poised to return for three big weeks.

Known as Art Tarts, the exhibition will open at the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre on Tuesday, November 14 and run until Sunday, December 3.

The exhibition will include pieces by 13 local artists, also known as art tarts, who have made vibrant and unusual artworks for the community to admire and purchase.

Artist Lyn Buck, who works with fused and slumped glass, says she is looking forward to this year’s exhibition.

“I love being part of Art Tarts because it’s local, vibrant and eclectic,” Lyn says.

“I think this will be either my fifth or sixth year involved. We make sure the tarts rotate every couple of years so there is always something new and exciting for people to look at.

“We have some very talented people involved who all make beautiful pieces, such as pottery, acrylic and oil pieces, washable paper, recycled materials, silk fabrics and more.

“There will be lots to see, and we also hope to have some demonstrations throughout the exhibition as well.”

Lyn has made several glass platters and bowls which will be on display.

“I like to make things that not only look pretty and colourful, but are also practical,” Lyn explains.

“The platters can be used for items like salads, and since they are made from glass, they are very hygienic.

“Lolly bowls are also another practical item I like to make. I like to fill them up with chocolates or berries and then give them to that person as a gift.”

Other artists who will be part of the exhibition include Bev (pottery), Helen (silver and enamel jewellery), Sheryl (pen and pencil work, acrylics and pastels), Prim (fused glass art), Diane (acrylic and mixed media abstracts), Molly (quirky art using recycled materials), Susan (watercolours with gold jewellery), Noeline (textile art) and Beth (mosaics and macrame).

They will also be joined by new tarts Wendy (washable paper), Jenny (fabric artist) and Leeanne (pottery).

A special meet the artists event will also be held on the opening night.

To see more images, click through the gallery below. 

Great Christmas gift ideas

This year, the annual exhibition has been extended by a week to allow visitors an extra seven days to browse and buy something special in time for Christmas.

“Everything that is part of the exhibition is for sale, and it’s quality stuff,” Lyn says.

“Here you can find some great Secret Santa gift ideas, or you can take something home for yourself.”

Helping the community

The artists have also donated a number of items for a raffle in support of Bribie Pink Dragons – a local dragon boat paddling club that raises awareness about breast cancer.

“Each year we can raise anywhere between $1500 to $2000 dollars, which is always a great achievement,” Lyn says.

“There will be a special table where you can go and buy tickets.”

Head on down

The Bribie Island Community Arts Centre is located at 191 Sunderland Drive, Banksia Beach.

The gallery is open six days a week, from 9am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday and 9am-1pm on Sunday.

Entry is free.

There is also an on-site cafe called Cafe 191 that is open seven days a week from 9am-2pm Tuesday-Saturday and 9am-1pm Sunday-Monday.

For more information, visit the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre website.

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