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Color And Music Take Over Gallery

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Booie Spinners’ member Kathleen Hansen, from Murgon, with “Desert Landscapes”, a knitted piece made from wool, mohair and silk yarn which was voted the People’s Choice in the exhibition

November 5, 2018

Wondai art lovers were treated to a very different art gallery opening on Friday night … a recital by singers as well as colourful displays by textile artists.

Well-known vocal instructor Julee-Anne Bell recently relocated to the South Burnett and already has a team of singers under instruction.

Several of her students took turns at the microphone as she accompanied them on keyboard at the Wondai Art Gallery.

Gallery visitors enjoyed supper treats prepared by the gallery volunteers and wine from Clovely Estate as the music continued.

The gallery’s November exhibitions feature the Gympie Tuesday Art Group in the front gallery with “The Magic of Miniatures”. The group has been meeting in the Gympie area for more than 10 years.

The Booie Spinners have taken over the main gallery with “Inspiration”, a colourful display of textile art featuring crochet, knitting and weaving.

If you’ve ever wonder what a Niddy Noddy, Lazy Kate or a Drum Carder are, this is the exhibition for you! (They’re all pieces of equipment used during the process of converting a fleece into useable yarn …).

The Booie Spinners meet on the first and third Saturdays of the month and have members from across the South Burnett. For more information, phone Robyn Cobby on 0415-787-913.

The “Four Of Us” – and exhibition by members of the Wondai Art Group which meet on Sundays at the Gallery – is in the third gallery.

Wondai Kindy kids, aged 3-4 years, have their work on show in Kidz Corner including pieces made during Grandparents’ Day and their take on “sustainability” for the Atlas Of Living Australia.

The exhibition was formally opened by Gallery Patron Cr Ros Heit who also made the surprise announcement that Wondai had won the Queensland Tidy Towns competition (see separate report).

The exhibition will remain on show from 10:00am to 4:00pm daily until the end of November.

Entry to the Wondai Art Gallery is free.

Liz Nicholson, from Murgon, was one of the line-up of singers performing at the opening

Master of Music Julee-Anne Bell recently moved to the South Burnett and already has a string of students performing in public

Grace Wells, 15, from Tarong, was another one of Julee-Anne’s students singing

St Mary’s Catholic College music teacher Jane Iszlaub also had a turn at the microphone

Gallery Patron Cr Ros Heit, who opened the exhibition, with Cherbourg Council Economic Development Officer Sean Nicholson … Sean’s wife Liz was one of the many singers performing

Janice Barry, from Nanango, with a knitted chook, one of several in the Booie Spinners’ display at the gallery … the chickens are made to a pattern which spread after the horrific Black Saturday bushfires killed 180 people in Victoria in 2009 . The Chook Project was initiated by Barbara Joyce who had knitted a chook in 2004 with fibre from an alpaca, “Coco”, owned by her Strathewen neighbours Libby and Phil Perry. The Perrys, as well as Coco and the rest of the herd, died in the fires. The knitted chook was retrieved from the ashes and became the model for a spontaneous art therapy project among the bushfire survivors

Textile artist Leanne Sainsbury, from Elbenn Country Crafts, had several pieces in the Booie Spinners exhibition

Robyn Cobby, from Booie, is one of the founding members of the Booie Spinners group

Gwen Olm, from the Wondai Art Group, with Wondai Art Gallery curator Elaine Madill

Wondai Kindy director Helen Paton-Holewa was proud of the children’s work which featured in Kidz Corner


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One Response to Color And Music Take Over Gallery

  1. Jan Barry

    I was surprised to see this, very good.

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