Water colourist Suzi Wells and her husband (and framer) Keith, with Janelle Mason, Kingaroy

September 5, 2021

The annual exhibition by local artists’ collective Jumping Ant Arts is always worth checking out … and their latest effort at Kingaroy Art Gallery is another winner!

“Antfest 2021” – which features more than 95 exhibits by a dozen artists – opened on Friday night.

Works include pen and ink art, ceramics, silver jewellery, recyclable and textile art, as wall as woodcuts, acrylics and digital art.

Marion Campbell, who performed the official opening, said it was a truly amazing display which demonstrated the talent in the community.

She also thanked the volunteers from the Kingaroy Arts Team who run the gallery and organise the displays.

A sub-section of “Antfest 2021” is the Pollinator series, where Jumping Ant Arts members have been challenged to produce a work highlighting nature’s “pollinators” and the issues they face.

Another special highlight is the Print Room which has been set up with an etching press, on loan from Jumping Ant Arts.

On Wednesday, September 15, and every Friday during September, members of the public have been invited to come along from 10:00am to 3:00pm and try their hand at plastic dry-point etching.

Cost is $10 to cover all materials and use of the press.

Print artists Fran van Vegchel and Carmel Nott will lead the workshops.

JAA exhibition co-ordinator Melody Cook with Marion Campbell, who officially opened the exhibition
An unusual part of the opening was an auction of a dry point etched print of KCCI president Damien Martoo sketched secretly by artist Judith Brook and turned into a print using Jumping Ant Arts’ equipment … former South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell turned auctioneer for the night to raise funds for the Kingaroy Arts Team
Janelle Askin and Ros Smith, both from Kingaroy; with Sandra and Jon van Mastrigt, from Taabinga Village
South Burnett Regional Council arts portfolio holder Cr Danita Potter with Kingaroy Arts Team secretary Julia Jeffery
Carmel Nott, who will be one of the JAA etching press tutors, with KAT volunteer and artist Trevor Mitchell, from Haly Creek
Fay Stumm, who has a range of ceramics in the exhibition, with Wooroolin artist Diana Bolton

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