Joy Lyell, Judy N Gray and Judy Lyell show off their newly dyed silk scarves at 'The Spring Collection' Jumping Ant Arts Inc.'s exhibition launch on September 4.
Joy Lyell, Judy N Gray and Judy Lyell show off their newly dyed silk scarves at 'The Spring Collection' Jumping Ant Arts Inc.'s exhibition launch on September 4. Jessica McGrath

Diversity key to arts group thriving ten years strong

KINGAROY group Jumping Ant Arts are proud to be still going strong ten years on.

Treasurer Fran van Vegchel said the group had grown a lot over the decade.

"We are paper makers, we are print makers, we are doing silk scarf dyeing and we are making hand-made books,” she said.

She said their members were now getting into more craft-based arts or even spinning and weaving.

This branching out into different mediums has led to the diverse range of artworks on display at the group's The Spring Collection exhibition during September.

RECYCLABLE ART: Evelyn Morrisson, Margariet Laughton and Nicola Pitt give recycled bottles a new life at the 'The Spring Collection' Jumping Ant Arts Inc.'s exhibition launch on September 4.
RECYCLABLE ART: Evelyn Morrisson, Margariet Laughton and Nicola Pitt give recycled bottles a new life at the 'The Spring Collection' Jumping Ant Arts Inc.'s exhibition launch on September 4. Jessica McGrath

The exhibition at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery was launched with an open day on Wednesday to celebrate the group's 10-year anniversary.

They held silk dyeing, rug hooking and recycled bottle art workshops as part of the celebrations.

The group's diversity across different art mediums is key to the group's success and ability to thrive over the years.

The not-for-profit group was formed in December 2009 after Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery volunteer and professional printmaker Sue Goddard saw a need for an arts group in Kingaroy.

Jumping Ant Arts Inc.'s president Catherine Woodham oversees Marion Campbell silk scarf dyeing at 'The Spring Collection' exhibition launch at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery.
Jumping Ant Arts Inc.'s president Catherine Woodham oversees Marion Campbell silk scarf dyeing at 'The Spring Collection' exhibition launch at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery. Jessica McGrath

Ms van Vegchel and current secretary Fay Stumm were among the artists who supported Ms Goddard's vision.

"The idea was to enliven the arts,” she said.

The group was born and gave South Burnett artists the opportunity to improve their artistic standards and share their knowledge.

"It enabled people who wanted to follow their particular chosen medium seriously,” Ms van Vegchel.

Melody Cook and Judy Brook have a go at rug hooking during the 'The Spring Collection' Jumping Ant Arts Inc.'s exhibition launch on September 4.
Melody Cook and Judy Brook have a go at rug hooking during the 'The Spring Collection' Jumping Ant Arts Inc.'s exhibition launch on September 4. Jessica McGrath

The group started branching out into community activities with workshops and Jumping Ant Arts open days.

Member Melody Cook said the group not only had members sharing their skills, but also art tutors from outside the South Burnett.

"We have amazing people coming and teaching us,” she said.

"It it weren't for a group like Jumping Ant Arts, it wouldn't happen.”

COLOUR: Jenny Ball shows her dyed silk scarf at the 'The Spring Collection' Jumping Ant Arts Inc.'s exhibition launch on September 4.
COLOUR: Jenny Ball shows her dyed silk scarf at the 'The Spring Collection' Jumping Ant Arts Inc.'s exhibition launch on September 4. Jessica McGrath

The Spring Collection Jumping Ant Arts 2019 exhibition will be held in the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery from Sunday, September 1 to Wednesday, October 9.

The group currently meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month in the 1913 Council Chambers in Kingaroy.

Artist Diana Bolton put together watercolours of the birds seen near the Wooroolin wetlands and rail trail for 'The Spring Collection' Jumping Ant Arts Inc.'s exhibition in the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery.
Artist Diana Bolton put together watercolours of the birds seen near the Wooroolin wetlands and rail trail for 'The Spring Collection' Jumping Ant Arts Inc.'s exhibition in the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery. Jessica McGrath