Gallery’s race to Lace as Logan facilities re-open this weekend

Logan artist Mary Barron holding a picture of her artwork.
Logan artist Mary Elizabeth Barron will be showing her work as the Logan Art Gallery

Published: 12th June 2020

Logan visual artist Mary Elizabeth Barron’s eye-catching exhibition Lace at Logan Art Gallery hit a temporary bump during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions but was certainly not derailed.

It will now be part of the gallery's new round of exhibitions when the facility re-opens at 10am tomorrow (Saturday, June 13).

Mrs Barron, from New Beith, is a dedicated gallery volunteer who makes spectacular hangings made from plastic bags using bobbin lacemaking techniques.

“The extra time has actually been a bonus as it’s allowed me to finish more items,” she said.

“I hope people will visit the gallery and enjoy being out in a mindful way.”

Entry to the gallery will be limited to 20 people at a time. Social distancing rules apply.

The Gallery re-opening is among a number of Logan City Council facilities that will open the doors again this weekend or increase the number of patrons they can host under the Stage Two easing of restrictions.

Facilities open to the public again include:

  • The Logan Recycling Market opened today but strict crowd control and social distancing rules apply.
  • Council gym facilities (Logan Metro, Logan North, Mt Warren and Cornubia Park) re-open tomorrow but bookings must be made a day in advance. Walk-ins are not permitted at this time and other restrictions apply.
  • Beenleigh, Logan North, Gould Adams Park and Logan West aquatic centres open from tomorrow. Bethania and Eagleby aquatic centres remain closed for winter.
  • Bookings to use the pools are not required but social distancing applies. Contact details will be recorded upon entering facilities and shower and change rooms will not be open.
  • Aqualogan Laurie Lawrence swimming lessons recommence on Monday, June 22.
  • Up to 20 people at a time will now be allowed into Logan’s libraries. Logan Village can only allow five customers at a time while Greenbank will only allow six because of space restrictions.
  • Patrons can loan library items, use computers and print during each library’s normal operating hours. Programs, events and community use of meeting rooms have not yet resumed.
  • The Beenleigh Customer Service Centre re-opens on Monday. The Logan Central and Jimboomba Services Centres are already open.
  • Gatherings in Logan’s 931 parks are limited to up to 20 people. People from different households must stay 1.5 metres apart.
  • Council-owned overnight-stay parks – Hugh Muntz Park (Beenleigh) and Tully Memorial Park (Jimboomba) – are now open.
  • Meetings of up to 20 people can be booked at the Logan Entertainment Centre, the Beenleigh Events Centre and other community venues. Live performances will not recommence until later in the year.

Full details on all the re-openings and conditions that apply are available at logan.qld.gov.au/covid-19

City Lifestyle Committee Chairperson Councillor Laurie Koranski said the re-openings are a significant step on Logan’s road to recovery but patience and understanding is still required.

“The well-being of the community and our staff is Council’s highest priority," Cr Koranski said.

"We are putting in place all the necessary measures required by Queensland Health to keep everyone safe as we work to make more Council facilities and services available to our community.

"Everyone has been extremely patient and we thank them for that.”

The Lace exhibition is funded by the Regional Arts Development Fund.

The partnership between the Queensland Government and Logan City Council supports arts and culture in regional Queensland.

The new exhibitions, which will be on display until Saturday, July 25, include:

  • Vulnerable bodies - Artist Annelize Mulder highlights her migration from South Africa to Australia
  • The Sister Cities of Logan and Shibukawa, Japan are hosting their biennial children’s art exchange exhibition on the theme Our town
  • Workshop wonders XVIII – Now in its 18th year, the exhibition features a selection of artworks from Logan Art Gallery's workshops
  • Whatever happens … happens! -  Browns Plains artist Icki Houseof explores his childhood as a ward of the state
  • Twenty-twenty - This exhibition pays respect to Logan's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

For more information go to logan.qld.gov.au/artgallery

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