IT was a case of out with the old and in with the new at the Myall Community Art and Craft Centre last Friday.
The group now has a brand new etching press.
At the same time the old press now has a brand new home at Bulahdelah Centre School.
The old press had given many years of faithful service to the craft community.
“Many years ago a former member had printing skills and she had a contact who was getting rid of their old printer and it ended up here,” Leigh Allen told News Of The Area.
Fast forward and the printer group has grown and become more skilled and the decision was made to buy a new press.
Funding came from the 280 members of the Myall Craft group as well as a number of workshops which helped raise the $6,000 for the machine.
“We thought about trying to sell the old printer on Gumtree but realised it would be better to give it away and Bulahdelah School was a perfect fit.”
Craft members have also offered to lend a helping hand to teach the school how to operate it.
The group’s new etching machine will bring a whole new range of printing capabilities.
Susan Truscott from the Arts and Craft Centre said, ‘’We’re hopeful that the printer may bring younger members who might be interested in learning the process.”
Bulahdelah School Principal Don Hudson said, “It will allow our art students to do a lot more creatively.”
“We very much appreciate the donation.”
By Margie TIERNEY