New Cleveland gallery features works of island artists

The Raby Bay harbour precinct has a new gallery with the opening of Straddievarious - Artisan Collections on May 17.

The gallery showcases art and craft from local artists and artisans, with a primary focus on artists from Stradbroke Island.

The gallery is the initiative of Debra McCann who started Straddievarious gallery initially while living on Stradbroke Island, as a means to showcase the island's talent.

"The name was dreamt up by hubby, Patrick, more than 25 years ago whilst walking Home Beach dreaming of our future plan to retire on the island, where I could pursue my passion for creating art," Ms McCann said.

"Within the first month of living on the island I met my business partner Jacquie Homes at the Point Lookout markets, where we both had stalls. She was starting up her own beachwear clothing line Wormboy. Unfortunately the markets are only held during holiday periods, so the local artists and artisans don't have much opportunity to sell their crafts. We decided to create a space to facilitate this," she said.

Ms McCann said the gallery was created at the Point Lookout bowls club.

"We had a beautiful collection of arts and crafts on display and for sale which was very warmly received by both locals and holiday makers. Unfortunately health issues have dictated our return to the mainland, so the little gallery had to close," she said.

Ms McCann said she felt there was a shortage of outlets so she decided to recreate the gallery in Cleveland.

The gallery currently features works by Esther Austin OAM, Phil Bazzo, Nourish Naturally by Julie Elliott, Designs Wonderfully Made by Donna Mifsud, Stradbroke Island Lady with the Lamp Meredith Coyle, ceramic artist Laura Convey, Val Kerr, Heather McVea, photographers Julie Sisco, Kayleigh Specht and Peter Mackie, artist Shirley Kaye, poet and artist Allanah Elizabeth Higgins, Wormboy Clothing by Jacqui Holmes and Debra McCann.