STUDIO TRAIL: The Tin Can Bay art gallery featuring the Cooloola Coast Art Group was one of the studios which welcomed visitors on the Gympie Region Studio Trails in 2016. Local artists are invited to be a part of the Gympie Region Studio Trails in 2017.
STUDIO TRAIL: The Tin Can Bay art gallery featuring the Cooloola Coast Art Group was one of the studios which welcomed visitors on the Gympie Region Studio Trails in 2016. Local artists are invited to be a part of the Gympie Region Studio Trails in 2017.

Artists invited to join the Gympie Region Studio trails

GYMPIE Regional Gallery is calling artists to be involved in the Gympie Region Studio Trails 2017.

The Gympie Region Studio Trails features weekends throughout the Gympie region, when artists throw open the doors of their studio and invite visitors to tour their creative space.

If you are an artist in the Gympie region or one who has a close association to the Gympie region then the gallery would love to hear from you.

Gympie Region Studio Trails will be on the following dates:

June 10-11: Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach, Cooloola Coast to the east.

June 17-18: Kilkivan and Goomeri and the north-east.

June 24-25: Gympie and surrounds.

July 1-2: Mary Valley to the west.

For information and to obtain an application form, contact the Gympie Regional Gallery on 54810733 or email gallery@gympie.qld.gov.au or you can call in to the Gympie Regional Gallery, 39 Nash St, Gympie.

Celebrating nature

A STUNNING exhibition of native Australian birds by Narelle Webber and botanical studies by Lyn Willett has begun at the Gympie Regional Gallery and the official opening will be tomorrow (Saturday, February 4) at 1pm.

The exhibition, Australian Birds and Botanical Artworks, is a collaboration showing Narelle's pastel renderings of native birds and Lyn's botanical studies of plant species in the natural environments of the Cooloola and Noosa regions.

The exhibition will be opened by artist Lyn Diefenbach and both artists will be on hand to answer questions.

Pastel painitng of a white headed pigeon by Narelle Webber. Come and meet Narelle and co-exhibitor Lyn Willett at an Art and Nature discussion on Thursday 16 February at 10.30m to find out more about our regions native flora and fauna.
Pastel painitng of a white headed pigeon by Narelle Webber. Come and meet Narelle and co-exhibitor Lyn Willett at an Art and Nature discussion on Thursday 16 February at 10.30m to find out more about our regions native flora and fauna.

Pastel artist Narelle Webber has always had a keen interest in art and began painting at age 10. She is a Life Member of the Pastel Society of Australia, and has been an active member in other painting and art groups and as a teacher and work shop facilitator. She last exhibited at Gympie Regional Gallery in 2009 with fellow artist Jean McCauley. Narelle said that with her studio overlooking the Mary River "inspiration comes easily” as she is inspired by her surroundings.

Co-exhibitor Lyn Willett's came to art later in life after raising a family and following a career with Education Queensland. In the last several years however, she has honed her skills in watercolour and drawing to indulge a passion for the beautiful native plants that grow on her property and in the region. Her delicate artworks have been inspired by the 19th century artist Ellis Rowan and by the work of Caloundra illustrator Kathleen MacArthur.

A Nature and Art talk is planned for Thursday, February 16 at 10.30am with the artists and guests Berry Doak (Gympie Field Naturalists president), Amelia and Kelvin Neilson (Cooloola Nature) and Ernie Rider (Gympie Landcare). The talk will be centred around the flora and fauna of the Gympie region.

The exhibition will be on display until February 25.

My Country

INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed Indigenous artists Judy Watson and Vernon Ah Kee will be presenting an artist's discussion at the Gympie Regional Gallery on Thursday, February 9 at 1pm.

Both artists have artwork in the exhibition My Country, I Still Call Australia Home which showcases Indigenous artworks from Brisbane's Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Collection currently on view at the Gympie Regional Gallery until 25 February.

Judy Watson's language group is Waanji from the Gulf region of Queensland. She was born in Mundubbera in 1959. In 1997 she represented Australian in the Venice Biennale and has artwork in numerous private and public collections.

Her matrilineal link to the country of her ancestors has always been central to her printmaking and painting.

The hidden histories of Indigenous experience on the colonial frontier, particularly those of women, continue to inspire her.

She uses rubbings, engravings and incisions from the land and subtly inscribes them upon her work.

Often using natural materials found in situ, she colours the canvas while it is laid wet on the ground, allowing the earth's contours to form a blueprint for the pigments pooling upon it as in her work in the exhibition titled 'memory bones'.

In this artwork Judy talks about the death in custody of Mulrunji Doomadgee in Palm Island Police Station in 2004 symbolising his 16 fractured bones and spilt blood.

Meet Judy Watson and Vernon Ah Kee at the Gympie Regional Gallery next Thursday at 1pm when they discuss their artwork and their connection to Country.
Meet Judy Watson and Vernon Ah Kee at the Gympie Regional Gallery next Thursday at 1pm when they discuss their artwork and their connection to Country.

Vernon Ah Kee is a member of the Kuku Yalandji, Waanji, Yidinji and Gugu Yimithirr peoples. His multi-faceted practice includes works that range from large-scale drawings of his ancestors to hard-hitting text-based works and installations.

In his artwork Vernon fuses the history and language of colonisation with contemporary black/white political issues in an ongoing investigation of race, colour and politics. 

In his large scale charcoal drawing of his Great Grandmother titled Annie Ah Sam Vernon uses portraits that fix their gaze on the viewer to express his views of a 'dying race'.

This event is not to be missed and a great opportunity to talk to these internationally acclaimed artists.

Drawing workshop

HAVE you always wanted to learn how to draw but don't know where to start? This short three-day Freehand Drawing workshop could be for you.

Hervey Bay artist Brett A. Jones will be facilitating a drawing course on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 17-19 from 10am-4pm each day at the Gympie Regional Gallery.

Brett is an accomplished pencil, pastel and playing card artist who has written publications about drawing such as Artists Back to Basics, Creative Artist and Drawing with Brett A. Jones.

During the course you will learn many drawing techniques through exercises that will improve your skills quickly.

Join Hervey Bay artist Brett A. Jones for a Freehand Drawing workshop coming up at the Gympie Regional Gallery in conjunction with his exhibition Brett A. Jones 3rd Solo Exhibition.
Join Hervey Bay artist Brett A. Jones for a freehand drawing workshop at the Gympie Regional Gallery in conjunction with his exhibition.

All aspects of freehand drawing will be covered from the most basic fundamentals right through to the most advanced techniques with lots of practical demonstrations and personal guidance.

Suitable for all skill levels from absolute beginner to established artists, this workshop will really take you to the next level with your art no matter what medium or subject matter you like to work in, with proven methods and in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

The three-day workshop costs $200 per person which includes all equipment and materials. Bookings and payment are essential and numbers are limited so phone 5481 0733 to secure your place. This course is held in conjunction with his latest exhibition titled Brett A. Jones 3rd Solo Exhibition coming up at the Gympie Regional Gallery from February 28 to March 25.

Art for children

BRING the children to Art Stars, a creative art group tomorrow (Saturday, February 4) at the Gympie Regional Gallery.

Two sessions run from 10am-noon for children aged 5-9years and 1-3pm for young people aged 10 and up.

No need to book, simply turn up. Costs $2 to cover materials. Facilitated by Sandra Ross, the Gallery's Education Officer.

Inquiries 5481 0733.