Wallace House party for Jean

Angela Gannicott, Jenny Hines, Jean Elson and Del McLaren

Jim Fagan

Wallace House is a wonderful place for creativity and friendship.

That’s the belief of coordinator Jean Elson who is retiring after close to 11 years with the Noosa Arts and Crafts Association (NSACA).

Last Sunday Jean was given a farewell party at headquarters by about 80 members, representing the 25 special groups that include activities like pottery, pastels, writing, ceramics, quilting and painting.

“The place has expanded since I started,” she said.

“We have added more groups like haiku classes, increased the membership and given me more than enough to keep me busy.”

She invited people to “absolutely come along and give it a go. Take advantage of the membership because then you are entitled to take part in any of the activities and they cover a multitude of skills.”

Jean, who lives at Cooroy, hasn’t completely said farewell to NSACA. She has honorary membership status for as long as she wishes to use it and she has already indicated she is joining the botanical art class.