Terry and Dawn Lewis
Terry and Dawn Lewis

Buderim Craft Cottage boasts history of great art

A MEETING place for like-minded people should never be underestimated for its importance in a community. One such place is Buderim Craft Cottage.

Its history as a gathering place for those interested in the arts and crafts began in 1967 and today it still powers on as a central part of the community in the enviable village-style atmosphere of Buderim.

"It began when a small group of enthusiastic artists and craftspeople were meeting in private homes and then went on to (meet in) what is now known as Pioneer Cottage," Dawn Lewis, painting group member said.

"In 1974 the first stage of the existing building was constructed between St Marks Anglican Church and the War Memorial Hall. Since then, there have been many additions."

With 13 groups exploring a diverse range of art and craft ranging from fabric painting to photography, and more than 300 members participating in 13 classes each week, the Buderim venue is a constant hub of artistic activity. Each group holds its own annual exhibition, which means there is something interesting going on every month.

Last year, the cottage celebrated its "50 years of Creativity" where everyone in the various groups had a hand in creating a 12x12 canvas.

"It was an amazing sight," Dawn Lewis said.

Dawn has been a member since 2001 and has rarely missed a Monday meeting over the years. Her involvement includes checking-in paintings at the cottage's art expos, helping with the hanging and assisting in the library with its collection of art books and magazines.

"I have just completed a second photograph album for our group, of past and present members," she said. "I feel blessed to be part of such a creative organisation.

"We all reach out and take an interest in each other's work.

There's never any shortage of conversation topics and we form lasting friendships. We are all working towards our Art Expo on August 9-12 and looking forward to it."

Dawn's husband Tony Lewis, although not a member, is an acknowledged artist with work in many Australian and New Zealand galleries and published in a number of prestigious art publications. He has donated a painting for the upcoming exhibition.


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