August 17, 2012
Danielle Lawrence and Karren Bolton have the honour of being the first artists invited to hang an exhibition at Nanango’s Winds of Change Art Gallery.
The Nanango Art Society opened the art space just over 12 months ago but up until now all the works on display have been by individual members rather than a planned exhibition.
Danielle and Karren both live in Nanango, but that’s where the similarity ends.
Danielle’s passion for painting began in 2006 when she was introduced to pastels during an art workshop in Beenleigh. She later moved to Nanango where she ran into professional artist Veronika Williams who encouraged her to experiment with acrylics and abstract art.
She has both pastel and acrylic works on display in this exhibition.
Karren had a lifetime of craft work behind her before she was introduced to pottery in 2009.
She now loves working in clay and it is her preferred artistic medium. In fact, she has become so enraptured by art that she is now completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Visual Culture via Open University Australia.
One of her pieces in the current exhibition, dubbed “Wishful Thinking”, reflects the hours of work she puts into every creation. The torso first had to be moulded out of clay and fired before being decorated with three coats of acylic, three coats of glass paint and then a coat of liquid glass.
Tonight’s exhibition opening was emceed by Dean Love, founder of the Nanango Arts Network Alliance (NANA), and officially opened by South Burnett councillor Barry Green.
Dean said NANA was working on developing the professional aspects of all art groups in Nanango. It had been working with the Nanango Art Society for some time on grant applications and had provided the members with access to professional development workshops.
Danielle and Karren’s exhibition will be on display at Winds of Change Gallery for the next four weeks. Entry is free.
[UPDATED: August 20, 2012]