What does Cedar Galleries Art & Crafts Village do?
It’s a diverse tourism venue that’s quite flexible in its offerings. There are galleries and a gift shop and a café to enjoy. There are studio spaces for anyone to use for creating, there’s a bush chapel and function space, farm stay guest accommodation, outdoor laser tag and we breed alpacas and poultry.
When are the Farmers Markets on?
They are NOT. It’s a bit of a sore point but we had to close our Weekly Farmers Markets back in April 2014 because there wasn’t sufficient public support anymore. There will not be Farmers Markets here for the foreseeable future.
When can we see the artists at work?
The popular day for the local community of artists is Friday. We have a vibrant community of sculptors, painters, and spinners and fibre workers who like to create and enjoy each other’s company on Fridays from 9am until well after lunch. They are happy to meet new people, mentor new artists or show visitors what they’re working on.
Do you offer art classes for adults and/or kids?
We have regular workshops learning to refurbish furniture and homewares with chalk paint and milk paint, distress them and stencil them for beautiful shabby chic and country finishes.
A number of our kids parties incorporate a craft activity.
From time to time we may also host art or craft workshops in other mediums and we will specify if they are for adults or kids. Other than that we don’t run a regular schedule of classes and they are rare. If you’re an adult, or a young person 15 years or over, you are welcome to come out any Friday and we’ll introduce you to artists who may be able to mentor you while you learn a new medium. This will be more of a one-on-one or small group situation at your pace rather than a formal class. It’s a fun and very convenient way to learn and isn’t expensive. Contact us for further details.
Do you have parking for buses and caravans and is the driveway passable in rain?
We have a two way dirt driveway which is in good condition in all but the most horrific weather whether the highway is flooded also. Once you venture up to our carpark you’ll see there is a huge amount of room to park and turn buses and caravans.
We’re here to use the bathrooms while you’re closed – that’s alright isn’t it?
Actually this is private property, so if we’re closed please respect our privacy. We provide bathrooms for the comfort of our paying customers and guests. So while we are closed, so are the bathrooms. We don’t receive any public funding to run our venue. And at the times that it is closed to the public we are often doing maintenance and cleaning or private conferences and functions or working with the animals so please don’t interrupt. If you need to speak to us during those times, use the phone – 0438 588 513.
Can I bring my dog or other pets? What if they stay in the car?
We are very careful about the biosecurity of our animals and the safety of visitors. No doubt your dog is lovely but we can’t be sure how it will react if it sees an alpaca or a peacock run or if a visitor’s child tries to pat it. It is far too risky to allow other people to bring their animals here so unless yours is a registered guide dog, it’s not able to come onto our property. We can’t agree to have them stay in your car either. This is not responsible animal ownership and we won’t see animals suffer.
Can I bring a picnic?
Just as you wouldn’t take your own food into McDonalds and expect to be welcome to use their playground, we don’t allow people to bring a picnic out here. We are privately owned and receive no public funding so your support of our café is critical to keeping the venue open to the public to enjoy.
Can we camp here?
We don’t allow camping here, even for folks having functions here. We have some fantastic farm stay guest rooms here however. And if you need to leave your car in our carpark overnight and get a lift home with a friend, that’s no problem.
Can I use your venue for photo shoots?
If you choose to hire our venue for your wedding ceremony and/or reception then you’ll be very welcome to have your photos taken in the many gorgeous vistas around our property by the photographer of your choosing. Couples who are married elsewhere can not have wedding photos taken at Cedar Galleries.
We also have a professional photographer in residence at Cedar Galleries. Lisa Frost Photography takes stunning newborn and maternity photos and gorgeous family portraits and couples shoots. If you’d like professional photography here you’ll need to contact Lisa and book with her. https://www.facebook.com/lisafrostphotography/
Other photographers have used our venue to further their business in the past but rarely do they support the maintenance or high public liability insurance costs of our venue and accordingly, we are now closed to outside photographers unless they have been hired by one of our bridal couples. Personal photography while you enjoy your day is absolutely allowed. But if the photos are taken to be sold or to form part of a photographer’s portfolio then please respect our decision and don’t photograph here. Alternatively, discuss with us a photography or filming location fee.
Will you take under 18s events, 18th birthdays or 21st?
Cedar Galleries does not encourage underage drinking. We will not take an event booking where teenagers are likely to want to consume alcohol so please don’t ask. Most 18th birthdays have as many guests under 18 as over so it’s not worth trying to police. We do not take bookings for underage parties, 18th, 19th, 20th or 21st parties. We like a more mature crowd. You may have heard that we used to accept after-prom parties, but we consider these a special circumstance and they were registered with the Queensland Police. This does not mean that we are required to accept your function.
Can I hire your venue and bring in my own caterers and decorators?
No. This is not the sort of function we offer. If you visit our pages about wedding packages, laser tag events, kid’s parties and tea parties you’ll see we are able to offer a variety of styles of events and catering. If you can’t find a package for the sort of function you’re imagining, contact us and we can quote for you.
Do you run music jam sessions anymore?
When we became owners of Cedar Galleries we attempted to revive the music jam sessions, originally known as Rock Star Boot Camp and then later as the Sunday Sessions. These were fun while they lasted but public support dwindled and they ended. We have hosted professional music events which were fabulous evenings and we are definitely open to hosting more.
Is Cedar Galleries an artist commune?
Early in the construction years of Cedar Galleries there were a number of artists that lived in residence so it possibly was something similar to a commune then. In more recent years the number of people who call Cedar Galleries home fluctuates, sometimes with artists in residence and at other times purely with the staff who keep the place running. We may be open to having new comers join us for a period if they fit into the eclectic lifestyle here, but we’re not a commune.
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