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Gaye Hobbs and her daughter Lucy were impressed by Theresa May's "Summer Cicada Song", one of many stunning paintings in the Wondai Regional Art Gallery's May exhibition

May 17, 2017

Art fanciers looking for something different have less than two weeks left to see the Wondai Regional Art Gallery’s May exhibition.

The latest monthly show features a solo exhibition by South Burnett artist Marjie Zimmerman in the Front Gallery; and works by the Graham House Spinners and Weavers group in the Rear Gallery.

But the works that drew most attention on opening night are the ones on show in the Main Gallery, which are by North Burnett artists Judith Ferris, Theresa May, Ngari Pearce and Jillanne Cahill.

Theresa, Ngari and Judith are all members of the Biggenden Art Group, and their works were last seen at the Wondai Regional Art Gallery in 2014.

Jillanne Cahill has recently joined the group, and her works have never been seen at the gallery before.

The last time the group exhibited at Wondai their bold and colourful artworks drew many admiring comments.

And the same reactions were just as evident on opening night for their latest exhibition, which some regulars said they thought was the best seen at Wondai so far this year.

All four artists have markedly different styles and themes.

What they share in common, though, is a love of big canvases and bold, bright colours which capture an imaginatively interpreted Australia.

This month’s exhibition was opened by Cr Ros Heit, who said she was impressed by all three shows.

“I’d like to congratulate all the artists who’ve come together to put on this trio of exhibitions for us,” Cr Heit said.

“This is a very high quality show and I think everyone who sees it will be very glad they did.”

  • “Diversity” by Marjie Zimmermann; “Art Fusion” by Judith Ferris, Theresa May, Ngari Pearce and Jillanne Cahill; and “Spun and Woven Webs” by the Graham House Spinners & Weavers Group will remain on show from 10:00am to 4:00pm daily until May 28. Admission to view the exhibitions is free.

Wendy Bainbridge, from Wondai, and Elly Pearce, from Wolvi, admire a Theresa May diptych

Cr Ros Heit said she was very taken with Judy Ferris' haunting "Flowers For Nell", which won the People's Choice award on opening night

Photographer Howard Jack was taken aback by Judy Ferris' "After The Storm"

Terry Jacobsen and Andrew Hobbs discussed a triptych painted by Jillanne Cahill

Tingoora artist Robyn Dower liked Ngari Pearce's riverscape of Elery Creek, which was painted in the West Macdonald Ranges near Alice Springs

Susan Jochheim (nee Smith) caught up with her dad Gil on opening night; Gil has been compering the monthly get-togethers while gallery curator Elaine Madill recuperates

South Burnett artist Marjie Zimmerman has a solo exhibition in the front gallery this month; her meticulously photorealistic work "Wading Out" took more than 108 hours to complete

The Murgon Spinners and Weavers Group are exhibiting in the Rear Gallery this month; Barbara Thomas, from Beenaam Valley, and Judy N. Gray, from Tableland, cast approving glances over the show on opening night


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