Food & Art Series Workshops



Tempt tastebuds and ignite your creative flair in a single event. Local masters will guide your workshop through the essentials of various mediums.Paired with food or beverages this is a social occasion with a difference.

Cost: $35 (includes tutor, art materials and a paired culinary delight) BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

Where: The Quay Arts Village


Elena Churilova - Pastels and Pastry Designed for everyone to enjoy!

5-7pm Friday

Even if you have never tried pastels before you will be able to create a colourful masterpiece, Elena will guide all ability levels. Paired with a tasty treat you will be able to enjoy the atmosphere of the River Festival while creating your artwork.

Elena Churilova is a gifted artist with oils, pastels and watercolours.

Elena’s use of colour is extraordinary in placement and execution. Her work is intuitive and inspired and focuses on effects of form, light, colour and movement. In the tradition of the Russian artists she likes painting from life so that the paintings have an immediate quality.

Elena is a member of the National Association for the Visual Arts. She currently teaches oil painting at the Rockhampton Art Gallery and conducts a number of oil and pastel workshops during the year.


Alexander torte seasonal berries wrapped in pastry

Profiteroles filled with liquored crème

Fresh fruit Danish

Lavender scented Baklava Petite sweet croissant

Ainslie McMahon - Crayons and Chocolate

7.30-9.30pm Friday

Explore your easel with crayons and enjoy some decadent chocolate in the fresh air of the new riverbank development. Take a breath and relax in the outdoors as tutor Ainslie delivers this refreshing look at using crayons.

Ainslie McMahon is a local artist/educator who has exhibited widely in regional Queensland and facilitated numerous community art workshops for people of all ages. Her work is included in regional gallery collections in Bundaberg and Rockhampton, and numerous private collections. Ainslie works from her home studio in a rural location near Rockhampton, producing contemporary artwork in the genre of the landscape and culture of Central Queensland.


Churros w/ chilli chocolate dipping sauce

Chocolate meringue bikkies

Chocolate dipped strawberries

Triple chocolate muffins

Milk chocolate pastry filled with white chocolate ganache

Tracey Bienek - Yoga on the Steps

8.30-9.30am Saturday & Sunday

Relax into the weekend with yoga on the steps. Take time for yourself in the morning before the hustle and bustle of the River Festival begins. Let Shelly guide your mediation and allow for a great start to your weekend!

Handmade by Ella - Succulents and Sugar

2.30-4.30 Saturday

Create a living sculpture with the guidance of Handmade by Ella, would you like to add some greenery to your décor? Why not create it yourself, with all materials and plants supplied you are guaranteed to leave this workshop with a great new addition your living space.


Clouds of spun sugar

Vanilla ice

Praline mousse w/ sesame sugar shards

Caramel slice topped with passionfruit couli

Berliner doughnuts rolled in Cinnamon sugar sand

Nora Hanasy - Watercolour and Watermelon

5-7pm Saturday

Are you keen to experiment with watercolours and try something different? Join the Watercolour and Watermelon workshop for a refreshing take on watercolours alongside the mighty Fitzroy River.

I was born in Budapest, Hungary but lived in Australia for over 30 years. I have completed a Bachelor of Education degree majoring in Visual Arts. I have been an art educator teaching Secondary Visual Arts for over 17 years and recently went part time to devote more time to my own work and running workshops.

My styles and mediums are varied, but most of my artwork currently could fall under the categories of collage and/or assemblage. I have been producing small to medium sized assemblages, preferring to vary my approach when interpreting themes and subjects. When merged with my printmaking, drawings or paintings, they bring unlimited potential. These newly combined elements lead to unexpected assemblages and collages with many stories to tell.


Water melon popsicles

Balsamic and strawberry dip with watermelon crackers

Shots of chilled watermelon soup and basil

Savoury watermelon and herbed cream cheese lasagne

Watermelon popcorn decorated watermelon and berry torte

Gail Meyers - Acrylic and Apple Pie

7.30-9.30 Saturday

Let your artistic side shine and try something new with this acrylic workshop held under the night sky. Tell your story under the stars with the guidance of our artistic tutor, Gail Meyers.

Gail Meyer had a country upbringing that gave her a great opportunity to see and appreciate much colour, texture and beauty in nature. Always aware of shapes and shades in her surroundings, Gail began painting at an early age and benefited greatly from tuition and studies at TAFE Rockhampton.

As a long-standing member of Central Queensland Contemporary Artists, Gail has been involved in many art exhibitions locally and regionally. Gail has numerous paintings in private collections, and Central Queensland University has made an acquisition for their collection. Gail has also enjoyed and valued facilitating many art-related workshops.

Using pastel, paints, inks or mixed media is for Gail a natural story telling process to share an experience or a feeling with others.


Baked apple and double brie cigars

Fried apple dumplings

Apple Bavarian strudel

Candied mini apples

Apple flavoured macarons

Marilyn Williams - Charcoal and Cookies

2-4pm Sunday

Looking to explore with charcoal? Make your mark in the final casual creativity workshop for River Festival 2018. Artist tutor Marilyn will guide your smudges, enjoy a cookie while you work.

Originally from Rockhampton, Marilyn returned in 2008, after raising a family and living in Brisbane, Northern Territory and south-west Queensland towns.

As a child, Marilyn was fascinated, and largely influenced, by the Renaissance masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, absorbing from books the beauty and structure of the human body and face. Over time, life drawing and portraits became a passion for her, with numerous commissioned portraits and drawings in private collections.

After finishing a Diploma of Visual Arts at CQ University in 2014, Marilyn has illustrated two books and taught workshops on drawing animals, the human figure and portraits.


Salted caramel cookie dough

Anzac cookie tart cheese cake

Cookies and cream mini cones

Tempura battered Oreos on a stick

Melting moment liquored butter creme