Gallery curator Elaine Madill, sitting, with Rosemarie Matthew-Frederick, who won the People’s Choice award, and presenter Graham Mitchell (Photo: Wondai Art Gallery)

April 6, 2021

Wondai Regional Art Gallery has blossomed into colour for the annual art competition held in conjunction with the Wondai Autumn Garden Expo.

Wondai Garden Expo Inc and the Gallery donated the prize monies, which were distributed to competition winners at the official opening last Thursday night.

The competition, “A Garden Theme”, invited entries in any medium from both adults and children.

They were judged by Kingaroy Arts Team member, Maureen Meggitt-Lorne.

Graham Mitchell, from Dimities Cottage in Wondai, opened the exhibition, presented the prizes and did a star turn on the gallery’s piano as well!

Graham is an accomplished musician as well as an artist in his own right.

Gallery curator Elaine Madill said about 40 people turned up for the opening night, which was a good size given the current restrictions.

Wine was served by Judy and Bernie Cooper, from Crane Wines.

“It really was a lovely evening,” Elaine said.

“This is always my favourite exhibition as the gallery looks beautiful filled with flowers.”

The Wondai Autumn Garden Expo will be held on April 17-18 at the Wondai Sportsground and Lions Pavilion on the Bunya Highway.

The “A Garden Theme” exhibition will be on display for the rest of the month at the Wondai Regional Art Gallery. Entry is free.

Kieron Cobbo came second in the 7-12 years category for “My Sunshine” (Photo: Wondai Art Gallery)
Kym Connell was awarded first prize in the Adult category for “Garden Symphony” (Photo: Wondai Art Gallery)

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Adult Section (18 years & Over) – Prizes: $400 (1st), $200 (2nd), $100 (3rd)

1. Kym Connell – ‘Garden Symphony’
2. Cate Verney – ‘Autumn In My Garden’
3. Rosemarie Matthews-Frederick – ‘The Garden Shed’
Highly Commended: Tina Justine – ‘Backyard Garden’
Highly Commended: Pat van Kempen – ‘Brown-Eyed Daisies’

Childen’s Section (7-12 years) – Prizes: $25 (1st), $15 (2nd ), $10 (3rd)

1. Taylor Shoudra – ‘Pink Lake’
2. Kieron Cobbo – ‘My Sunshine’
3. Ruby Ackinclose – ‘Sunset’

Childen’s Section (13-17 years) – Prizes: $25 (1st), $15 (2nd ), $10 (3rd)

1. Sarah Downes – ‘The Road to the Hills’
2. Hunter Law – ‘Day and Night’
3. Khael Cody – ‘The Story of the Sea’

People’s Choice – Prize $50

Rosemarie Matthews-Frederick – ‘The Garden Shed’

Pat van Kempen was highly commended for her “Brown-Eyed Daisies” (Photo: Wondai Art Gallery)

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