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Artists Will Nelson and Sue Baker with Wondai Gallery curator Elaine Madill, patron Cr Ros Heit and artist Summer Brook-Jones at the opening of this month’s trio of exhibitions

July 17, 2018

Guests who visit the Wondai Regional Art Gallery before the end of July will be able to see some of the most unusual lamp stands ever made.

Artist Summer Brook-Jones, who is hosting her final exhibition at the gallery before heading into retirement, has produced an unusual assortment of table lamps made out of cups, saucers and teapots.

All the lamps work, and the decorative, quirky pieces are certain to be a talking point in any place they find a home.

Summer said she created them because she finds it hard to stick to any one style for any length of time.

Her other works, which fill the main gallery, cover everything from arresting sculptures made of plastic toys and zany, felted pin cushions through to more traditional acrylic and pastel pieces.

Summer first began exhibiting at the Wondai Regional Art Gallery in October 2007 and has had a long career that has included exhibitions in Paris and New York.

She is accompanied at the Wondai Gallery this month by well-known Nanango muralist Will Nelson, whose exhibition “Country Roads” in the rear gallery features a number of oils that disclose his enduring love of old trucks and cars; and artist Sue Baker, who is having her first exhibition at Wondai in the front gallery, featuring works that attempt to capture “My Greatest Joy”.

Will, who trained as a commercial artist, has created most of the murals in Nanango, including the most recent one which was unveiled on the walls of the Churchyard Shop in Burnett Street last month.

He said he found painting murals on the building’s weatherboard slats particularly difficult, because he had to frequently stand back to ensure the effect he wanted to create worked when viewed from a distance.

The difficulty was compounded by the few hours he had available each day to work on the project, but said he was pleased with the final result.

  • “Retrospective”, “Country Roads” and “My Greatest Joy” will remain on display at the Wondai Regional Art Gallery on the roundabout at Wondai from 10:00am to 4:00pm daily until the end of the month. Admission to view the exhibitions is free.

Nanango muralist Will Nelson is fascinated by old cars and trucks, and has a number of works in his exhibition which explore aspects of this theme

Summer Brook-Jones’ quirky table lamps are as eye-catching as they are attractive … and all of them work!

Sue Baker’s landscapes are simple and striking … her exhibition in the front gallery is her first at Wondai


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