Local Artist’s Singapore Exhibition

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Contemporary impressionist, Vicki Corser, from Wavell Height’s Gallery Fifty One, has held her first solo exhibition in Singapore at the Australian High Commission.

“I was honoured to be given the opportunity to have a solo exhibition,” says Vicki. “The size of the space at the Australian High Commission was enormous, so extremely large art pieces were needed to fill the walls.”

Vicki, who normally produces large-scale art pieces, had to create her largest piece for the exhibition.

“The largest piece on display was 4m x 4m,’ says Vicki. ‘I had a sailmaker in Brisbane prepare the unstretched canvas for me.”

The exhibition features Australian flora and fauna, including fish, turtles and rainbow lorikeets, showcased in bold colours and textures.

“My love for flora made it so easy to create,” says Vicki. “The combination of vivid colour, lines and shapes that are found in flowers is fabulous.”

“My love for the beach is also an integral inspiration in my paintings. The colour, movement and compositions all reflect my energy for the outdoors, beach and reef.”

Since returning from Singapore, Vicki has not slowed down, and is busy with several pieces for new homes and producing a new range of art on silk scarves and fabric for upholstery and cushioning.

Gallery Fifty One | 200 Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights | 0418 984 220


Growing Online

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Having an online presence for your small business is fast becoming a necessity.

Australia now has over 13.7 million Internet subscribers (as reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2017) and in 2015, Australians spent over $19 billion online (as reported by Australia Post, 2016).

The amount of people purchasing online will only increase as Australians become more comfortable with online shopping.

It is important for businesses to have an online presence so that clients – and potential clients – can easily find your webpage and understand your business.

Katrina O’Connell, from kmo, a full service digital agency that was established in 2007, understands the importance of having an online presence.

“A businesses website is your customers first point of call,” says Katrina. “No matter where they hear or see you, they’ll typically use your website to check you out further.”

kmo’s small, dedicated team of experienced developers specialise in website design, custom development and ecommerce and take the time to understand local businesses.

“We have been working with local Brisbane northside business Advanced Air, and really enjoy working with them to understand their requirements,” says Katrina.

Finding the right web designer for your business is important.

“Do your research and look at company reviews before selecting a developer,” says Katrina. “If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is!”

With a range of options available to suit all requirements and budgets, kmo Design can assist businesses with web design, ecommerce websites, mobile web design and digital marketing.

kmo Design | 1300 965 232 | www.kmo.com.au | www.facebook.com/kmowebdesign

Nundah Film Festival

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Brisbane residents are encouraged to get creative and submit their entry into the second annual Nundah Film Festival (previously North Brisbane Film Festival).

Crystal Hager, organiser of the event, said a lack of film festivals in Brisbane led her to start her own local festival.

“The main reason behind starting the Nundah Film Festival was to help support young, emerging filmmakers from Brisbane and across Australia to promote their short films.”

Entries are accepted for short documentary and short narrative (both 15 minutes maximum length) and music clips (4 minutes maximum length). A small entry fee (between $2.50 – $10) is required for submission, with all proceeds going to the Rotary Club of Nundah.

A number of entries have already been received, with mystery dramas proving to be a popular focus for young filmmakers.

The final deadline for entries is the 25 December, 2017 and the screening of the finalists will take place at BCC Cinemas Toombul on February 6, 2018.

“We are thrilled to be holding the Nundah Film Festival at BCC Cinemas Toombul and look forward to watching some amazing local talent,” says Crystal.

For more information and to enter, visit: https://filmfreeway.com/NundahFilmFestival

Nundah Film Festival | www.facebook.com/nundahfilmfestival | www.instagram.com/nundahfilmfestival

Exploring a Love of Travel and Coffee

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Brisbane locals Callum Whitehead and Matt Tainton have created Barrow & Bear Travel + Coffee, one of Australia’s first travel agency and coffee shops.

“We had been planning to open a café and travel agency for some time when the opportunity came up in Wavell Heights,” says Callum. “We love the community feel here.”

With over a decades experience in the travel and hospitality industries, Callum and Matt have a passion for supporting fellow adventurers and providing gourmet food that takes inspiration from across the world.

The breakfast and lunch menus feature mouth-watering options, including the Virginia (sweet corn fritters, feta and beetroot puree with poached eggs and pan-fried chorizo), the Belgium (choc-chip waffles with Baileys panna cotta) and the Bondi (beef burger stuffed with haloumi served with homemade onion rings).

Enjoy the menu (and book your next adventure!) from Monday to Friday 6am to 3pm and Saturday to Sunday, 7am to 3pm.

*Tell Callum and Matt that you saw them in Loving Nundah and receive 10% off the lunch menu!*

Barrow & Bear Travel + Coffee | 15, 216 Shaw Road, Wavell Heights | Ph 3260 7746
www.barrowandbear.com.auwww.barrowandbeartravel.com | www.facebook.com/barrowandbear

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Nundah’s Own Paralympian

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The Road to PyeongChang

Nundah local Simon Patmore is in training for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in South Korea.

Simon, who was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and a Bronze Medal at the 2012 London Paralympic Games for para-athletics, has switched his focus from athletics to snowboarding.

“In 2014, the International Paralympic Committee announced an upper limb category in the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games,” says Simon. “Even though I had never snowboarded in my life, I made the decision to give it a go.”

Since shifting his focus, Simon has been crowned the Para-Snowboard World Cup Gold Medallist, Para-Snowboard World Cup Silver Medallist, and was awarded the SSA Para-Snowboarder of the Year.

Simon is now in training for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in South Korea and aims to become a summer and winter Paralympian.

“It’s hard work being a full-time professional para-athlete, however with the support from both my family and local businesses, I’m able to chase the dream,” says Simon.

Simon has been working with Stage 6, a local health and fitness centre, to prepare for the 2018 Paralympics.

“I’ve been working with Matt at Stage 6 Health and Fitness to improve my agility in unpredictable and high-pressured situations. Not only has this improved my performance during a competition, but I’ve become efficient with my movements in day-to-day physical activities.”

To keep up-to-date with Simon’s journey, visit www.simonpatmore.com.au or www.facebook.com/simonpatmoreathlete

Get Set for Summer

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Get set for summer and get the most out of your air conditioner

Brisbane northside residents are aware of how hot it can get in summer. Although locals survived a fairly mild winter this year, the heat has already started and will continue for a few months.

Marty Page, and the team from local business Advanced Air Conditioning, have seen the increase in air-conditioning needs in the past few decades as they have serviced the area.

“The growth in air-conditioner needs on Brisbane’s northside is huge,’ says Marty.

“Advanced Air Conditioning started 35 years ago with a team of 6. We now have over 30 employees who service areas from Northern NSW to Bundaberg.”

Marty’s tips for air conditioning efficiency include:
1. Set the right temperature
2. Close off rooms you don’t need to be cooled
3. Choose the Economy setting
4. Use your timer

Before your purchase:
1. Get the right system size for your space
2. Go inverter – it just adds up
3. Select a trusted fully insured installer who can also service the system
4. Design a system that will last for the long term

Located in Northgate, Marty and the team look after commercial and residential air conditioning and design and installation.

“We have a fully operational showroom that is open to the public, and although we look after large projects for both residential and commercial, no project is too small. We enjoy helping Brisbane locals find the best solution for their homes,” says Marty.

“We have the personal service of a small business, but with the capability of a big business.”

If you need to discuss air conditioner maintenance, design or issues, chat to Marty and the team at Advanced Air Conditioning.

Advanced Air Conditioning | 3/263 Toombul Road, Northgate QLD 4013
Ph: 3256 6033 | www.advair.com.au | www.facebook.com/advancedairau