CELEBRATING TWO YEARS OF CREATIVITY
If you haven't yet climbed the stairs inside Mitre 10 to discover the Aladdin's Cave that is Make It Tenterfield, next week will be a good time to do it.
The not-for-profit artists and crafters collective is marking its second birthday this Monday, June 21 and celebrating the fact it got this far.
"If it's tourists passing through town or loyal locals looking for that special piece of art there's something for everyone and now it's time to celebrate," president Kay Gray said.
Starting Monday there will be pottery, drawing classes, eco dyeing, crochet demonstrations and printing workshops all week. Those who spend more than $10 or become a new member go into the draw for a gift pack feature work from the Make It artists.
"Since our humble beginnings two years ago we've had incredibly generous community support, especially from the legendary Brian Smith, owner of Mitre 10 in the heart of Tenterfield's Main Street so if you bump into him when you're passing through please say thanks," Ms Gray said.
She said the two years have whizzed by and Make It is now a massive part of the local community. Counting among its achievements are the Makeiteers setting up Buy a Bale and the Firies Art Auction to support the community in the wake of fires, drought and floods; free kids and adults workshops thanks to funding secured through Stronger Country Communities and FRRR; the Sculpture Trail due to be unveiled later in the year; and strong involvement by members in the Tenterfield Shire community.
"The dream of the Make It Tenterfield Inc. board and members is to have an accessible, forever home for the creative community here to enjoy with visitors of our historic town," Ms Gray said.
"Empowering our local creative talent in Tenterfield is something generations to come will benefit from. If it's a painting or a lampshade, a sculpture or a spectacular dress, Make It Tenterfield is proud of everything we have achieved and our continuing legacy.
"We are Make it Tenterfield after all. Come up and see us sometime, we've got something really cool to show you."