Noosa Arts and Crafts has always been proud of its reputation within the Noosa community as being a welcoming home for artists of all genres. However, its Centre for Creativity has has to stay closed owing to some much-needed repairs to its heritage stumps.

COVID-19 closed our doors in mid-March but far from being inactive, the membership has kept a social media presence and the members have had many FaceTime, Skype and Zoom get-togethers whether for socialising or for sharing of ideas.

On Friday May 8, NACA launched its inaugural online exhibition which attracted 106 entries. The creator of this idea, Tricia Bradford, succumbed to illness on May 1. Despite the NACA members being devastated by their loss, they sprang into action and fulfilled Tricia’s dream of an online exhibition aptly-named Artists at Home – Creativity in Isolation. 

Member Jan Bentley had been working with Tricia from the Exhibition’s inception and promised Tricia’s family that this exhibition would be completed in her honour. Member Gabi Dick, a long-time friend of Tricia’s, encouraged Sandy Bolton MP, Tony Wellington (former Mayor) and NACA members to send in video tributes to include on the web page.Sandy Bolton launched our exhibition by video at 6pm on Friday May 8 and many artists joined in at home with a glass of wine to toast as Tricia’s dream became a reality. In times of isolation, this is when technology really excels! The NACA tradition is to open exhibitions at Wallace House at 6pm so this was a great substitute for the real thing.

Fortunately, the website withstood the more than 370 views and 4000 page visits that evening. We have a voting page on the website and we encourage anyone who has not visited the site yet to look through the entries and vote for their favourite artwork – one vote per person please! This is a way of expressing your appreciation of the talent in our Shire without leaving your home. Our artists have worked hard to create this outstanding exhibition and as always value your interest.

Wattle Studio Shop Online is now open and features those artworks in the Exhibition that are for sale.

In addition to Creativity in Isolation, our Botanical Art Group also has a Botanical Endeavour 250 Exhibition on our website and our Haiku group has written Haiku in Isolation for you to enjoy.

NACA members may be OUT of their creative home but have not let this isolation get them DOWN nor limit their creativity.