Spectacular carved wooden bowls inlaid with pearl shell, artefacts and bead necklaces from Alotau in Papua New Guinea's Milne Bay area will be on show and on sale at the Noosa Regional Gallery from Friday, July 13th.
The display coincides with the visit of Alotau Council Officer Amos Mangoson, who is spending a month studying local waste management practices, as part of Noosa Shire's five-year 'capacity-building' partnership with Alotau.
Under the auspices of AusAid and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, Noosa Council has sent several emissaries to Alotau, including Community Governance Project Officer Helen Gregory, who organised the Gallery display with her Alotau counterpart Daisy Halaba.
"Daisy has always been fascinated by the work of the many talented carvers and weavers in Milne Bay Province," said Mrs Gregory. "Now she is hoping to help raise money for the local villagers by selling artefacts on their behalf so they may be able to afford basic necessities such as groceries, clothing and children's school fees.
"The Gallery display will be on show until Sunday, August 19th and our hope is that local art lovers will be able to add some beautiful items to their collections and help the Alotau villagers at the same time."
• Graphic to the right: Helen Gregory and Amos Mangoson examine one of the carved bowls from Alotau
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