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Atherton festival explores the Good Samaritan Story

Fibreart work \

“Who Is My Neighbour?”

Participants in the Atherton Xplore Arts Festival 2007 were encouraged to address the question in visual arts (painting, sculpture, computer art, power point, posters, glass work, embroidery, banners) and performance arts (drama, poetry, song writing, singing, story writing.).

Festival Coordinator Margaret Russell said entries ranged from traditional representations of the Good Samaritan story to confrontational contemporary collages and song.

Ms Russell said the Uniting and other Churches in Atherton had hosted the Festival so people from all walks of life could respond to the message of the arts “from deep within and embrace an expression of faith in ways they may not as they just listen to a sermon from the pulpit.

“There are many people in our churches and community who have something of faith that they long to communicate with others that they can best do using an art form they feel at home with.

In addition to exhibitions of work in the Anglican and Uniting Churches artist and story teller Lynton Allan from Melbourne delighted audiences with his on the spot paintings and thought provoking messages.

Artist Bill Mackay from Noosa held daily workshops on various aspects of painting and musician Andrew Ironside from Sydney, held workshops on leading worship with music, culminating with a concert on Saturday night.

Photo : Fibreart work \”I Walk Not Alone\” by Margaret Russell was one of the artworks on display at the festival