Arts activities on offer during May at Streaky Bay

May is a big month for arts at Streaky Bay, with the town hosting workshops and an artist in residence program.

There will be activities involving Port Lincoln artist Karen Carr, Ruth Gregor of Venus Bay, plus locals Abbey Dunbar and Liz McTaggart.

Ms Carr, the artist in residence, will be visiting the Streaky Bay Skate Park precinct to chainsaw carve a felled tree within a fenced-off zone to create a sculptural seat for use in the future nature play space.

"Nature play spaces encourage children and adults to have confidence to explore and experiment in open and less predictable surroundings," she said.

Ms Gregor will be visiting in mid-May to deliver two limestone carving workshops.

She has been working alongside artist mentee Susie Betts in imagining a sculpture for the skate park youth precinct.

Ms Betts' ties are with the Wirangu, Mirning and Kokatha people of the Far West Coast, and workshop attendees will be able to observe her progress at carving a piece to reflect her recent fellowship studies of the Seven Sisters constellation.

You will be able to take home your own hand-carved sculpture at the end of the workshop, and the know-how to continue with your practice.

All materials and shared equipment is provided for this $35 per person workshop program, but bring your own safety glasses/goggles and face mask.

Tickets are limited and this is a small group program, and artists must be 16 years or older.

"Workshop attendees will learn how to carry out a three-dimensional design in Mount Gambier limestone," Ms Gregor said.

Ms Dunbar's two wood carving workshops will be delivered at the end of May.

She is inviting participants to learn the art of carving, and they will contribute to a community art project which will become part of the nature play space.

Organisers said attendees' dremel, or similar, would get a good workout in this workshop and so they would need to source their own to maximise their ability to participate.

Tickets are limited, costing $35 per person, and this is a small group program with all participants 16 years or older.

"Having a sense of achievement and feeling proud of something you have created goes a long way to a person's self-esteem and overall wellbeing," Ms Dunbar said.

Meanwhile, you can keep in the loop with the Stars Align project via Instagram and Facebook with Streaky Bay ArtsUp, where you can see the progress of the making of a Compass Rose by Sceale Bay's Ms McTaggart, as well as the progress of Jason Balmer and Lauren Karp's whale bone discovery pit.

"Opportunities within the project will energise participants and encourage them to reimagine what they can contribute to outdoor environments via visual art," Ms McTaggart said.

For more information about the workshops and activities taking place during May, contact Streaky Bay ArtsUp's Ms Karp on 0429 978 897.

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