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Young Artists Star At Gallery

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October 15, 2019

Kingaroy Art Gallery has been overrun by teenagers … the talented young artists from Years 7-12 at Kingaroy State High School.

The gallery will be filled with their works for the next month, all completed as part of school assignments.

The exhibition was officially opened by KSHS art co-ordinator Wendy Corstiaans on Friday night.

“We are very grateful to be gifted this space in the Kingaroy Art Gallery every year,” Wendy said.

“Thank you to the Kingaroy Art Team and the Kingaroy Art Gallery.”

Many of the works are for sale.

As an added bonus, the gallery is not collecting a commission which means the money goes directly to the students.

Catherine Woodham, from the Kingaroy Art Team – the volunteers who run the gallery – said it was a pleasure to help nurture local artistic talent.

She urged the students to keep up their artwork after school which could lead to them one day having their own solo exhibition at the gallery.

A group of Year 12 students then took turns to explain their artworks to the large crowd of friends and family.

Emma Hilsley’s “Happy Brainplosion” came about after she surveyed people about what made them happy … the different colours represent the different age groups of the people interviewed

Megan Frohloff’s “Do I Have To Live Up To Me To Be Loved By You” is a social comment about consumerism and the pressures to wear certain brands and use certain make-up

Ashleigh Lindsay, left, put together “My Travel Playlist” which combines songs that relate to her childhood with her dream to travel the world while Jade Zischke painted “A Child’s Chimerical”, above, an abstract landscape of her grandparents’ farm

Some of the many clay heads made by Year 8 students

Leora Sudholz captured her family’s heritage, cultural background and stories with objects and photographs

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