Murgon artist Graham Raffin with “Long Journey Home” and “Valley Embrace” … Graham is exhibiting in Gallery 1 and Gallery 3 at Wondai this month

July 7, 2022

Former Murgon police officer Graham Raffin is exploring his artistic side in a spectacular display of digital art at Wondai Regional Art Gallery this month.

The retired officer took up art as a way to relax and heal after being involved in an accident.

Gallery curator Elaine Madill said Graham’s art was an unusual medium but one which he had perfected.

In Gallery 1, Graham’s exhibition, dubbed “Emotions Portrayed”, depicts multiple landscapes painstakingly prepared on his iPad or Surface Pro.

He loves sketching in charcoal or pastels and has more 300 digital brushes to choose from in his work.

The exhibition spills over into Gallery 3, which is filled with portraits in which Graham has allowed his inner thoughts and emotions to be expressed in the works.

“They encapsulate what I am feeling to what people are seeing,” he told the audience on opening night.

Graham has previously exhibited at the Gympie Regional Library and the Goomeri Hall of Memory.

Wondai’s main gallery is filled by works by Bundaberg artists Ann Shaw and Tony Love.

This exhibition has been called up “All Mixed Up” as the pair have explored a wide variety of subjects and themes, including some which reflect their English heritage.

This is the second time the pair have shown their works at Wondai.

Prep to Year 6 pupils from St Mary’s Catholic College in Kingaroy have taken over Kidz Korner with their interpretations of Mary as a caring mother.

The exhibitions will be on show at Wondai Gallery for the rest of July.

The gallery is open daily and entry is free.

Artist Ann Shaw, from Bundaberg, with Poppies 2 and Poppies 1
Artist Tony Love, from Bundaberg, with his painting of Craig’s Hut at Mansfield in Victoria in the process of being rebuilt after a fire
St Mary’s Catholic College teacher Belinda Greensill with some of the paintings from Prep to Year 6 students which are featured this month in Kidz Korner
Carley Tydings and Cynthia Bendall, both from Tingoora, were enjoying the opening night
Claire and Craig Kapernick, from Cloyna, with Denise Holdway. Mundubbera, and Wondai Art Gallery patron Ros Heit
Cr Kathy Duff with Jim Willmott and Wendy Thorsborne, from Cloyna
South Burnett mayor Brett Otto with Hec Dionysius, from Proston … the mayor congratulated Hec, who has recently retired from Council, for his 40 years of service
Cr Kathy Duff officially opened the exhibitions in her usual fashion, with assistance from gallery curator Elaine Madill and patron Ros Heit

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables


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