UPDATE August 31: Unfortunately, due to tightened COVID-19 restrictions in the South Burnett, the Open Day planned to be held at Kingaroy Art Gallery on Saturday, September 5, has had to be cancelled. The Gallery remains open Monday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm.
August 17, 2020
Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery will be re-opening with a flourish in September with three big exhibitions to entice visitors.
Local artist Niketa Law will be returning for her second exhibition at the gallery with “Beyond The Dots”.
Niketa’s debut exhibition in November 2018 was a huge success and popular with gallery patrons.
The self-taught contemporary traditional Aboriginal artist is a proud Bindal/Bigambul woman from Cherbourg.
“I am influenced by the past and the present,” Niketa said. “Every piece I have produced has a unique story.”
The Kingaroy Gallery will be hosting an open day on Saturday, September 5, from 9:00am to about 3:00pm where Niketa will be guiding visitors.
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Who do you think these three figures are?
The second big attraction at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery in September is Martin Shaw’s painting “Three Well Known Australians”.
It’s not just an artwork but an interactive exhibition in which visitors are invited to guess the identity of the three figures and record their thoughts in the year book provided.
Shaw says he did have three Australians in mind, or Australian themes, when he did the painting in 1982 – but he has refused to say who he originally had in mind.
The painting, accompanied by letters and year books from past travels, makes for a fascinating and fun exhibition as it records the thoughts and guesses from previous exhibition visitors.
“These yearbooks form a portrait of Australia,” Martin said.
“What people in 1983 thought is going to be different to what people think today,” he said.
The artist thinks of the project as a rolling “historical social commentary” of Australia.
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The third display at the Kingaroy gallery during September, “Findings and Grindings”, is being put on by the South Burnett Gem and Fossicking Club Inc.
The variety of exhibits demonstrates the enthusiasm of club members for sharing their passion for the gems found locally and from around Australia.
If you have an interest in gemstones, crystals or minerals this exhibition provides an opportunity to enhance your understanding and appreciation of these natural wonders.
The club meet and has workshops on Mondays and Thursdays.
More information about the club is available online
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All three exhibitions will be open from September 1 to October 3.