Art show to unleash colourful creations

The annual Black Snake Creek art show is about to unleash some colourful creations on the country town of Marburg.
04 Oct 2017
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer


Art show to lend colourful edge to country town

Carolyn Watson Allen’s delicate beaded works of jewellery are a scaled back pursuit in comparison to some of the art projects she’s tackled in the past.



The world’s ‘largest bottle of beer’ and a life-sized fibreglass Clydesdale horse are among the larger pieces she has created.  Locals might be familiar with said horse, Captain, in the main street of Laidley. The 2.2m bottle was created for a tourism promotion in the region a couple of decades ago.

There was also a large glass mosaic floor mural in the foyer of what was then known as Lennon’s Hotel in Brisbane back in the 1970s. But these days Carolyn is content with painting and jewellery to keep her artist’s hands and mind busy.



Carolyn, pictured on left with fellow artist Rae Buchanan, is among several locals who’ll be exhibiting work at next week’s Black Snake Creek Arts & Crafts show at Marburg.

The show begins on Tuesday in the historic Marburg Community Centre, open daily from 9am to 3pm for a gold coin donation, and ends with a market day on Saturday, October 14.


enamel earrings

Others with work on show and for sale include retired school teacher Rae Buchanan who took up enamel jewellery making when she retired from teaching. (Some of her earrings and a necklace of colourful birds are pictured.)

“You never stop learning and the colours are always beautiful and they’re permanent – nothing can take that colour away,” she said.

Photography enthusiast Rodney Newsham, pictured, will have some of his images captured around the globe and in his own backyard on display and for sale.



And for day trippers out for a look, Marburg also offers up Scotland Yard Antiques to explore; the new plant nursery and coffee spot, Special Branch Collective; and the historic Marburg Hotel with its big shady verandas.


Black Snake Creek art show
Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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