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Sisters Julia Jeffs, Robyn Dower, Kay Gorring and Christine Hall ... Julia and Christine travelled to Wondai to support Robyn and Kay's exhibition

Enjoying the exhibition ... Carley Walters, Wondai, and Andrea McGee, Kingaroy

September 7, 2012

Tractor Tattoo trundled into Wondai tonight to coincide with the official opening of local artist Robyn Dower’s exhibition “Distraction”.

Visitors couldn’t help but notice the large red tractor parked in one of the galleries, or the tractor artwork by pupils from Windera State School, or the large interactive tractor jigsaw …

But the real stars of the exhibition were the works by Robyn, in a variety of styles and media, hung in the main gallery and the front room.

Many were already wearing “red dots” – indicating they’d been sold – even before the exhibition was officially opened.

Wondai Art Gallery patron David Carter, who did the honours, summed it up:  “Robyn can make something from barbed wire or papier mache and make it look exquisite”.

In the third gallery, Robyn shared the spotlight with her sister Kay and brother-in-law Keith Gorring.

Robyn said Kay had “reconnected with her creative side, especially the poetry” in the work she had prepared for the exhibition.

The exhibitions will remain on show from 10:00am to 4:00pm every day until the end of the month.

Wondai Art Gallery director Elaine Madill with Russell Dower's 1930s model McCormick-Deering tractor

Gallery patron David Carter, who officially opened the exhibition, with the People's Choice winner ... a study of a horse by Robyn Dower

Robyn isn't the only artist in the Dower household it seems ... hubby Russell painted these tractor pictures when he was just nine!

The paintings are called Licorice Allsorts, so guess what sweets were on offer? Peter and Lyn Thomson found the art quite tasty!

Ivor Dimmock and Suzi Walters, from the Murgon Camera Club, appeared to be blown away by Robyn's cloud paintings

Gallery volunteer Peter Osgerby, from Wondai, with the giant tractor jigsaw funded through the Regional Arts Development Fund

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