GYMPIE REGIONAL GALLERY. INDO POP: Beautiful airbrushed surfboard by Holly Hughes on view in her exhibition Airbrushed now on show at Gympie Regional Gallery.
GYMPIE REGIONAL GALLERY. INDO POP: Beautiful airbrushed surfboard by Holly Hughes on view in her exhibition Airbrushed now on show at Gympie Regional Gallery.

Holly set to inspire with body art for Youth Week

HOLLY Hughes is only just opening her first ever art exhibition at the Gympie Regional Gallery, but she's already set to inspire artistic pursuits in the region's young women.

Ms Hughes will deliver a free body art demonstration for women aged 16 to 25 at the gallery tomorrow as part of National Youth Week.

National Youth Week runs from tomorrow until Sunday April 17, and aims to celebrate the achievements, vitality and strength of young people.

Gympie Regional Council is gearing up for four National Youth Week events over the next week.

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The Gympie Regional Gallery suggested Ms Hughes could be involved, and she was more than happy to share her passion.

BODY OF WORK: Holly Hughes (right) will demonstrate her body art skills at the Gympie Regional Gallery this afternoon.
BODY OF WORK: Holly Hughes (right) will demonstrate her body art skills at the Gympie Regional Gallery this afternoon.

The demonstration will run alongside today's opening of her exhibition "Airbrushed" at 4pm.

"This is my first exhibition ever," Ms Hughes said.

"It feels pretty successful, it's a good milestone."

The exhibition displays Ms Hughes' exploration of the airbrushing medium.

"It mostly focuses on airbrushed surfboards and vinyls and a lot of portraiture," she said.

"The surfboards have more of a nautical theme."

Her work in body art evolved from her love of airbrushing.

"[Airbrushing] is a challenge," Ms Hughes said.

"You can create an absolute realism effect, but at the same time it's a different challenge to painting with a brush."

"I studied makeup a few years ago, and I wanted to combine makeup and airbrushing," she said.

The two worlds collided when she discovered body art.

She's excited to show off her skills at tomorrow afternoon's demonstration.

"I wanted to focus on the female form, because it is part of Youth Week and [the gallery] has made it exclusive to females."

Bookings for the body art demonstration are essential, and places are limited.

Call the Gympie Regional Art Gallery on 5481 0733 to register.