LEARN TO DRAW: Brett A. Jones will hold a three-day drawing workshop at the Gympie Regional Gallery on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26.
LEARN TO DRAW: Brett A. Jones will hold a three-day drawing workshop at the Gympie Regional Gallery on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26.

Three-day drawing workshop may be the start you need

EVER wanted to learn how to draw but don't know where to start?

This three-day drawing workshop could be for you.

Held on from 10am-4pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26 with Hervey Bay artist Brett A. Jones, this workshop will cover a wide range of drawing techniques suitable for the beginner or more advanced artist.

It costs $200 for full tuition and all equipment and materials needed. Bookings and payment are essential to secure your spot.

Brett is facilitating this workshop in conjunction with his latest exhibition which showcases his design and drawing skills.

Titled Brett A. Jones 3rd Solo Exhibition, the exhibition is currently on view at Gympie Regional Gallery until March 25.

Gympie Regional Gallery is situated at 39 Nash St, just behind the Sovereign Cinema. Entry is free. Inquiries 5481 0733.

Celebrating Gympie's 150 years

TWO exhibitions that take a fresh approach to Gympie's history are currently on view at the Gympie Regional Gallery.

The exhibition titled Now and Then features artworks that take a contemporary view of Gympie's past.

The works are varied and have been inspired by the Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum, Kilkivan Museum and the Woodworkers Museum and include a humorous interpretation of felt hats by Rhonda Rettke and a video and sound installation by Shawn Jarvey that draws attention to the sounds of the past and present.

Imbil artist Meaghan Shelton has been working closely with the Woodworks Museum inserting a woman's presence into the masculine environment of the Mill Manager's office.

The heritage listed desk borrowed from the museum is on loan to the Gympie Regional Gallery to form part of her contemporary crochet installation which forms a special addition to the exhibition, highlighting the collaboration between the artists and the museums.

The six artists taking part in the project are John Gerritsen, Robin Hines, Rhonda Rettke, Meaghan Shelton, Barb Hart and Shawn Jarvey.

Two young artists from the region have contributed to the project. Mikaela Butcher and Jaime Southern have used stories and objects in the museums as inspiration for short digital animations.

To learn more about the artists ideas there are two events you can join.

This Saturday, March 18, at 11am there will be an exhibition tour and on Tuesday, March 28 at 1.30pm you can join an artist's discussion. Now and Then is currently on view until April 22.

To continue the G150 theme an exhibition titled Edward Bytheway celebrates the life of a significant man from Gympie's history who was a shop owner, councillor, manufacturer, importer and footwear agent on the Gympie goldfield.

Currently on view until March 25, the exhibition includes maps, photos, objects and documents of Gympie during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Stars to End Violence project

GYMPIE Regional Gallery has been working closely with the One Million Stars to End Violence Project which encourages individuals, groups and communities to join in the conversation of ending violence across the world.

The objective of the project is to weave one million stars by July this year which will then be featured in an installation at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Brisbane artist Maryann Talia Pau initiated the project and says the One Million Stars to End Violence Project is an opportunity for us to be light and hope in the world and to make something beautiful and powerful together.

You can come to the Gympie Regional Gallery and make some stars to add to the hundreds already made by people in the community at a special exhibition on between March 28 and April 22.

And if there is anyone out there in the community who has been making stars and would like to add them to this exhibition please call 5481 0733 ASAP and speak to Sandra.

Holiday Fun for kids

JUMP onto holidayfun.com.au soon for what's on at the Gympie Regional Gallery over the Easter school holiday break with lots of arty crafty things for kids to do.

There are some Easter crafts plus lots of painting, clay, drawing and sculpture fun.

Workshops are facilitated by tutors who are artists and are experienced with working with children and young people.

Bookings are essential by phoning 54810733 and payment secures your child's place.

Painting the nude in Alla Prima

TIN Can Bay artist Robin Hines will be facilitating a Painting the Nude workshop in Alla Prima on Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9 at the Gympie Regional Gallery from 9am-3pm each day.

Alla Prima means 'wet-on-wet' with paint applied to previously laid layers of wet paint.

You will be using oil paint and a life model with props to paint in the style of Edgar Degas who influenced Robin's painting in the exhibition Now and Then.

No turpentine will be used as some people don't like the smell. It costs $120 per person with an extra $15 to cover the cost of the model.

Bookings and payment are essential to 5481 0733 to secure your place.


AN EXHIBITION by local artist Nicole Harper focusing on landscape and still life painting is coming up at the Gympie Regional Gallery.

Titled HARTland, the exhibition is Nicole's reflections of living on a remote cattle station in western Queensland where the land is virtually untouched by human kind.

Nicole is not only drawn to the vastness of landscape where she lived but the smaller and closer things in life found by looking through a kitchen window at the view outside.

She touches on the everyday experiences to compose her images that rouse our imagination and emotions.

The exhibition will be on view from March 28 to April 22 with the opening event on Saturday, April 1 at 1.30pm with opening speaker Pam Black.

Nicole will also be available to chat to you at a free Meet and Greet the Artist session on Tuesday, April 11 at 10.30am.