MONTHLY MEETINGS: Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society, Buderim branch president Audrey Raymond (right) at the April lecture, with fellow society members.
MONTHLY MEETINGS: Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society, Buderim branch president Audrey Raymond (right) at the April lecture, with fellow society members. Bill Carroll

Arts in the Sunshine Coast community

ART in all its form is the passion of the Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society members who meet regularly during the year to expand their knowledge.

In its 30th year, there are 38 ADFAS groups across Australia with two of them on the Coast.

The avid followers of everything art are also philanthropic contributors to their local communities.

In addition to the monthly meetings, the society's groups are tasked with supporting local community heritage and conservation projects and young artists.

The Sunshine Coast group chairman Audrey Raymond said the members attend monthly lectures by Australian and international experts that touch on fine, decorative, contemporary and creative art subject, the groups.

There are usually at least eight lectures during the year.

"It (lectures) can be about sculpture, jewellery, gardens, cricket, railway stations; anything to do with the arts," Ms Raymond said. "This year we have already had Oscar Wilde and Easter Island."

Complementing the stimulating educational lectures are the social drinks and supper for the members and visitors from other ADFAS groups.

The next session for the 145-member Sunshine Coast group is on June 24 at the Matthew Flinders College in Buderim where Robert Ketton, a retired lecturer in acting, will talk about observation, imagination and concentration when bringing a character to life.

He will also look at how acting techniques are used by our politicians, preachers and con men to persuade, cajole and hector us into doing what they want.

Outside of these sessions the members support the national Young Arts Program delivered within the Coast community.

"We give them opportunities with scholarships and pay for classes, and pay for gallery visits and to museums," Ms Raymond said.

"We pay for a talented student to go to music camp or pay for a school to see an art exhibition or for a musical instrument."

Last year the Coast group bought a bagpipe for a school and a silk-screen printer so the students not heading to higher education could learn a practical skill.

"And we paid for a teacher to teach children in wheelchairs to dance," she added. "We do a lot with the young and that is a major part of us."

Each society is also responsible for conducting church recordings which help build a permanent record of the church's architecture and contents which is contained in bound book.

The most recent recording done by the volunteers was St Paul's in Maryborough.

ADFAS also has its own travel arm for those members that want to see for themselves many of the art forms discussed in the monthly lectures.

"This year there are 17 tours in Australia and abroad, in small groups with an excellent tour leader," Ms Raymond said.

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