News in Brief

Rockhampton singer-songwriter Sophie Rose has been working on a new album.  She travelled to NSW to work with with Bill Chambers, formerly of the Dead Ringer Band and Kasey Chambers' father, which she says was an amazing experience.

Here's her brand new Constellations, performed live at Allsorts on Friday night:

Visual artist Peta Lloyd is recently back from the McGregor Summer Arts Retreat in Toowoomba, where she was part of "stuffsmith" Keith Lo Bue's class: Precious Little: Poetics of the Found Object.  She's come home keen to get stuck into some new work.

"I'm excited to be starting 2018 with skills such as forging and twisting steel wire, making rivets from steel wire and cutting into materials such as glass, shell, stone, metal and timber.

"My mind is buzzing with ideas of ways in which to combine these techniques with textile and paper, printmaking, stitch and encaustic... how fabulous to begin the year in this way!"

Keep an eye on Peta - she has some cool things planned for a few months time, along with some artistic friends who all happen to be top local printmakers.

One of those artists is Michelle Black of Ink & Baren, who's heading to Victoria later this month for Barbie Kjar's Mokulito workshop at The Baldessin Press & Studio.  Mokulito is lithography meets woodcut printing, and something we might get a closer look at in Michelle's future works.

 Roxanne Brand with her award-winning Sunset Sails.  Image from her Facebook page:  Brand New Art .

Roxanne Brand with her award-winning Sunset Sails.  Image from her Facebook page: Brand New Art.

The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery has bought the winning piece from last year's Martin Hansen Memorial Art Prize for their permanent collection.  Roxanne Brand's Sunset Sails is now on display in the gallery until mid-February.

A crew of young CQ cheerleaders are the only Queenslanders invited to compete at the Varsity All Star Summit Championships in Orlando, USA, later this year.

Aussie Cheers & Dance's Diamonds team had a winning streak last year, with performances in Rockhampton, Mackay, the Gold Coast, and the national championships in Melbourne.  Then just a few days before Christmas, they won the bid to compete in the Summit's newly added international competition.

That means 18 young locals are heading to the US in April, and of course they need coin to cover travel costs.  You'll find their GoFundMe here.

The Livingstone Shire's placemaking project continues to build momentum, with new public art adorning the Emu Park Skate Park, Yeppoon Surf Life Saving Club and, by next month, the new Local Disaster Coordination Centre and Community Resilience Hub.

Here's an in-progress shot, from Yeppoon Surf Life Saving:

Know something we've missed?  Let us know in the comments!