Make a star for the One Million Stars project to help end violence in the world at a Star Weave Jam.
Make a star for the One Million Stars project to help end violence in the world at a Star Weave Jam. Sitthixay Ditthavong

What's on at Gympie Regional Gallery

Hi Artworks

A CROWD of young people with their parents and teachers came to Gympie Regional Gallery last Thursday evening to the official opening of the Hi Artworks exhibition.

This exhibition showcases the artistic talents of students in the Gympie region from Years 9 to 12.

The exhibition is a plethora of thought- provoking art of different styles and mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics, that explore social issues and current affairs.

Gallery staff spent time at each high school in the region selecting the exhibition pieces. The art is exhibited without reference to the schools so as to focus on the student.

Participating schools are Gympie State High School, James Nash High School, Victory College, St Patrick's College, Tin Can Bay P-10 School, Mary Valley State College and Gympie Special School.

The Hi Artworks exhibition will be on view until Saturday, November 19, so come and see what our young people are up to.

Studio Trails

HAVE you ever wondered where artists work and what their studios look like?

They are fascinating places where creativity and ideas come from.

Take a leisurely drive through the Mary Valley on November 5 and 6 to see some open studios as part of the Gympie Region Studio Trails.

You never know what you might find. Pick up a booklet from Gympie Regional Gallery at 39 Nash St or visit /gympie-studio-trails to download one.

The Big Draw

DO YOU love to draw?

Then join in collaborative drawing project titled "square, circle, triangle", a fusion of maths, science and art.

It aims to get everyone drawing as part of the world's biggest drawing event The Big Draw.

Gympie Regional Gallery is giving out purple and orange triangles in a kit for you to make a drawing.

Bring them back to add them to a tessellated design that weaves up the gallery stairwell.

Suitcase Market

SPEND a relaxing evening at Gympie Regional Gallery on Saturday, November 19 from 4pm to 7pm, meandering around all the stalls selling handmade arts and crafts at the Suitcase Market.

These unique markets are held only three times a year and encourage up and coming crafters to bring their wares to the public for sale. These crafters have been busy making all sorts of wonderful wares that you might like to give, and with Christmas just around the corner why not give something locally handmade.

There will be food and entertainment so make an evening of it.

One Million Stars to End Violence

GYMPIE region has joined the One Million Stars to End Violence project.

Individuals, groups and communities are invited to help weave 10,000 stars to be displayed around the regions and at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Founding artist Maryann Talia Pau who initiated the project said: "The One Million Stars project is an opportunity for us to be

light and hope in the world and to make something beautiful and powerful together".

Star Weave Jams will be happening around the region at the Gympie Library every first Thursday of the month and more in November.

You can also run your own Star Weave Jams so visit or to find to more.


Image caption: Just one of the many brightly coloured paintings by Peter Rowe that offer encouragement and support through adversity.
Just one of the many brightly coloured paintings by Peter Rowe that offer encouragement and support through adversity.

Take a Seat with the Art Stars

PETER Rowe has Down Syndrome and cannot speak.

He communicates through his art and a system called facilitated communication.

For Peter, art has the power to heal and transform.

In his latest exhibition titled Take A Seat is on view until November19 at Gympie Regional Gallery.

The chair has become a metaphor for many important elements of Peter's life: support, family gatherings, comfort, home and relaxation.

Peter's brightly coloured paintings come from his personal experiences so his paintings are often deep with meaning and symbolism.

The chair is not just to provide a place to sit; it is to provide a metaphor for support; afternoon shadows offer a place for contemplation.

Peter is a published author whose books inspire children to overcome adversity.

He will be telling stories at the Suitcase Market on Saturday November 19 from 4pm to 7pm and be a guest artist at Art Stars Art Group for young people on Saturday, November 5, at two sessions: 10am to 12noon for children aged five to nine and 1pm to 3pm for young people aged 10 and up.

Phone 5481 0733 for more details.

You are all welcome to attend the official opening today at 1pm, so come

and meet Peter at this free event.

Gympie Regional Gallery is at 39 Nash St, just up

the hill from Goldfields Plaza.