South Burnett Master Pastellist Karol Oakley with her painting of artist Hans Heysen’s favourite gum tree, which she painted while undertaking a residency at Hahndorf in the Adelaide hills
Tom Albert was busy serving Clovely Estate wines on opening night … Tom will be travelling to Otago University soon to study agricultural science and environmental management

December 20, 2019

Wondai Regional Art Gallery’s latest exhibition is offering visitors something unique this summer: the first non-metropolitan exhibition from the Pastel Society Of Australia (PSA).

The exhibition opened at the start of December and will run until February 2.

The PSA is a Brisbane-based, not-for-profit group devoted to the education of member artists and the promotion of soft pastels (ie. pure pigment in stick form) as a fine art medium.

While most of its members are based in south-east Queensland, the group also has many rural and interstate members, as well as a number of Master Pastellists who are recognised world-wide.

These include South Burnett artist Karol Oakley and Wynnum artist Graham Smith, both of whom have previously exhibited at Wondai.

The summer exhibition occupies all three galleries, and is the first time the PSA has held an exhibition outside Brisbane, the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast.

It is also one of the few occasions when all members of the Society were invited to submit up to three works apiece to one of the group’s exhibitions.

The result is a wide-ranging showcase of 35 PSA members’ work covering themes as diverse as landscapes, portraiture and nature.

  • The Pastel Society of Australia Members Exhibition will remain on display at the Wondai Regional Art Gallery from 10:00am to 4:00pm daily (excluding Christrmas Day) until February 2nd. Admission to view the exhibition is free.
Genevieve Neale, from Mooloolaba, with her painting of a coastal scene at Noosa National Park, which won the People’s Choice award on opening night
Joanne Tollefson with her work ‘Uluru Sunset’ … Joanne’s pastel artworks have won several prizes at South Burnett art competitions in recent years
Master Pastellist Graham W. Smith with his work ‘Billabong Moonrise’ … Graham had a solo exhibition at the Wondai Regional Art Gallery in September
The PSA exhibition was officially opened by Gallery patron Cr Ros Heit, who said she was very pleased Wondai had been chosen for the group’s first non-metropolitan show
Sally Thomson, from Mooloolaba, with her work ‘Moffat Beach’

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