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History

Noosa Arts began officially on the 15th September 1970, at the Barefoot Gallery, Peregian Beach.There had been rumblings prior to this date, but there are no recorded minutes of any previous meetings.

Ten people met at the gallery run by Denis Hardy on the David Low Way, to try to form a combined Art Group for the Noosa area. This was prompted by the successful Art Exhibition staged at Noosa Heads by the Laguna Art Group. John Heywood was elected President, Nola Torode as Secretary, and Sandra Tyrie as Treasurer.

On the 5th October 1970, an informal gathering was held at Peregian Beach to discuss the possibility of establishing a Cultural Centre in the Noosa area. Arthur Creedy, Director of Cultural Activities, came from Brisbane to get it off the ground. Thirty-five people attended and a “party atmosphere” dominated the meeting.

The “party atmosphere” was the theme for following monthly meetings when dinner was served and the business conducted over coffee. The restaurant charged $1 for the meal but members paid $1.50 with the 50 cents going to build up funds.

There were Pool Parties, Wine Tastings, Spaghetti and Italian Dinners, Fashion Parades, Painting Exhibitions, Candlelight Cabarets and much, much more. Many people gave their time and talents in the years 1971 and 1972 to make Noosa Arts a reality.

These included Dr & Mrs Brian Ferguson who opened their Noosaville home for musical evenings, Cecily Fearnley with a reputation for fine suppers, Keith Hanney on money matters, Roy Osment hall liaison, artists Max Newton, Emma Freeman, Nancy Cato, Margot Bolton, hosts Barbro & Peter Mendoza, Marie & Bob Gillies, Pat & Wal Hourn, Marea & Peter Brown, but the pace appeared to be too much for a number of the executive – the turnover rate was rather high, with four Presidents before Marea Brown was elected to the position in 1973.

It was in 1971 under Marea’s drama leadership, that plays started to emerge. The first presentation by Noosa Arts was the performance of two skits at a New Year’s Eve function arranged by the Rotary Club at the end of 1971. Artists performed on the back of a truck at the Scouts’ Den, Noosaville....

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