Cr Kirstie Schumacher, who officially opened the exhibition at the Kingaroy Art Gallery, with artist Sue Lederhose whose works are featured in the March exhibition

March 9, 2021

Art lovers had the choice of which gallery opening to attend on Friday night, when the two South Burnett Regional Council-owned galleries again scheduled their official openings on the same night.

The March exhibition at the Kingaroy Gallery features works by Mundubbera-based artist Sue Lederhose and Lockyer Valley’s Marilyn Leitch.

A small crowd gathered for the official opening by Cr Kirstie Schumacher, enjoying wine and nibblies supplied by the volunteer Kingaroy Art Team which runs the gallery.

At Wondai Gallery, a much larger crowd – many connected to St Mary’s Catholic College – gathered to view an exhibition of works by Kingaroy artist and art teacher Bronwyn Langford Martoo.

Bronwyn’s works stretched across the first and third galleries.

In Gallery 2, a photography exhibition featured works by John Dalton and former St Mary’s students Hannah Depper and Bridget Barkle.

John, who is assistant to the principal at St Mary’s, had not met up with Hannah and Bridget since they left school six years ago. The opportunity to hold a joint exhibition was a chance for the trio to catch up.

But St Mary’s hadn’t taken over the whole gallery … in Kidz Korner, junior students from St John’s Lutheran School in Kingaroy had their works on display.

The Wondai exhibitions were officially opened by Bronwyn’s husband, multimedia personality Damien Martoo.

Both Kingaroy and Wondai exhibitions will be on show until the end of the month. Entry to either gallery is free.

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At Wondai Gallery

Neil Hutton supplied the live music at the Wondai Art Gallery opening night
Wondai Gallery compere Gil Smith with in-laws Wendy and John Tully, from Kingaroy
Wondai Gallery curator Elaine Madill seemed to be having fun as she dished out the hot snacks in a COVID-safe way
Damien Martoo with his wife Bronwyn, whose works featured across the Wondai Gallery … Damien officially opened the exhibition
Photographer John Dalton with his daughter Kelly McGowan, from Brisbane, who travelled up especially to see her dad’s exhibition … Kelly bought John his first camera 10 years ago, and the rest is history!
Photographer Bridget Barkle, from Wooroolin, with one of many photos on display
Felicity Jorgensen and Ruth Muller with Year 4 St John’s student Megan Jorgensen, 8, in Kidz Korner

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At Kingaroy Gallery

Beverley Gilders, from Kingaroy, with local artist Carmel Nott
Janelle Askin and Kay Dove, both from Kingaroy
KAT member Evy Morrison has several of works currently on sale in the Kingaroy Gallery shop
Julia Jeffery, from Wondai, was helping out at the Kingaroy Gallery

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2 Responses to "Art Lovers Spoiled For Choice"

  1. Lifetime Resident  March 9, 2021

    How wonderful that the region has such a great following of art lovers and talent galore, fantastic to see but I find that SBRC Galleries scheduling events on the same night rather ridiculous. Almost like both galleries are trying to out do themselves, not impressive at all.

  2. Wondai Resident  March 9, 2021

    I agree with Lifetime Resident as Wondai Art Gallery has always had their new exhibition openings on the first Friday of each month for many years. It has only been the last couple of months that Kingaroy decided to clash with Wondai which isn’t fair on the general public. They now have to decide on which gallery they would like to support.


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