ART LOVERS: St George Art Club members Kerry Hetherington, Cathy Carson, guest speaker Frank Deshon and president Bernadette Wippell at the Brush Strokes Art Exhibition.
ART LOVERS: St George Art Club members Kerry Hetherington, Cathy Carson, guest speaker Frank Deshon and president Bernadette Wippell at the Brush Strokes Art Exhibition. St George Art Club

Brush Strokes Exhibition brings smiles in the drought

IN ITS seventh year running, the Brush Strokes Art Exhibition has once again left the Balonne community in awe with phenomenal local art on display.

On Friday night and Saturday morning, the St George Art club displayed the work of 20 different artists in the Balonne Shire with 98 paintings.

More than 160 people attended the exhibition and were spoilt for choice.

All different mediums were on offer from oils to acrylics through to charcoal drawings and mixed media to name a few.

St George Art Club president Bernadette Wippell said it was an excellent night and thanked everyone for their support.

"Every year the standard improves and I think the workshops we do each year with the help of funding through the Regional Arts Development Fund is reflected in the art work,” she said.

"We sold 36 paintings, which was a fantastic effort in this hard economic time.”

Mrs Wippell said all the art pieces stood out in one way or another but there was one painting that sold faster than the time it took to hang.

"The piece 'Ruling the Roost' by Jennifer Ryan didn't last very long, it illustrated a Hereford bull with a rooster sitting on its horn and was a magnificent piece which was sold to Tim and Fiona McDonald,” she said.

Tim and Fiona McDonald with their new painting, Brush Strokes Art Exhibition, St George 2019.
Tim and Fiona McDonald with their new painting, Brush Strokes Art Exhibition, St George 2019. St George Art Club

"Everyone has a different concept of what they like and I think that's the beauty of having a variation of art.”

Mrs Wippell said the night would not have been possible without the help of locals.

"John and Gwen Lyons donated a raffle, which was a weeks accommodation in Mooloolaba and it was won by Richard Chapman from Thallon,” she said.

"I think he will be looking forward to that because they are certainly still in drought down there.

"Bec Steer Catering from Bollon was a massive hit, her food was absolutely divine.”


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