A striking wearable art exhibition from the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery greets visitors as they come through Kingaroy Art Gallery’s front door

July 27, 2017

Art lovers only have a few days left to see the second half of the Queensland Winter Craft Festival at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery.

The two-month long festival began in early June and will wind up at 2:00pm this Sunday, June 30.

During June, the Gallery exhibited Alpaca wool fashion wear, lapidary, photography, woodwork and textile art pieces.

This month the gallery is showcasing wearable art from the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum; Refire Pottery from the Barambah Pottery Group; paper tole works by Rosemarie Matthews-Frederick; and 11 pieces of textile art created by the Darling Downs Textile Art Group around the theme of Mulga Bill’s Bicycle.

Reaction to this year’s Craft Festival has exceeded last year’s inaugural outing.

Kingaroy Art Team president Jenny Gemmel said the gallery had seen large numbers of visitors over the past two months, and lots of sales.

It now seems likely the event will become a fixture on the Gallery’s annual exhibition calendar.

The gallery also hope to see other South Burnett galleries involved in the craft festival in future.

Jernny said this was a key reason the group changed the event’s name from Kingaroy Winter Craft Festival to Queensland Winter Crafts Festival this year.

The festival will remain on display at the gallery from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Friday, and 10:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, before it closes.

Admission to view the exhibition is free.

Note: The Refire Pottery Project will be holding a special pop-up exhibition at The Ration Shed Museum in Cherbourg on Wednesday, August 2.

The pop-up exhibition will feature artwork from the project, as well as an afternoon tea, and will run from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

Well-known Goomeri potter Fay Stumm shows some of the pottery created by the Refire Pottery Project; the group’s pieces have been very popular with gallery visitors this month
Cherbourg artists Venus Rabbitt, Rocko Langton, Maurice Mickelo and Jennifer Hart are part of the Refire Pottery Project

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