Artist Anna Aird with one of her paintings which was sold on Friday night

October 9, 2023

An art exhibition held at Nanango’s Ringsfield House at the weekend had two major aims … to help raise much-needed funds to help the victims of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as help revive the use of the historic house for functions.

The Art 4 Ukraine exhibition featured works donated by a dozen local artists, including Anna Aird and Joanne Newbery.

There were two opening nights, Friday and Saturday, which featured live music and wine on Ringsfield’s verandah.

All the works were for sale with proceeds going to international aid agency, Caritas Australia, to support their work in Ukraine.

Joanne said more than $800 was collected in donations on top of the sale of artworks.

Family members of Nanango man Jed Danahay – killed by Russian forces in Ukraine in September last year – attended on Friday night and loaned a Ukraine flag for the exhibition.

Local councillor Jane Erkens said she hoped more art exhibitions could be held at Ringsfield in future.

Art 4 Ukraine coincided with the third of the “Groovin’ In The Gardens” live music events held in the gardens at Ringsfield on Sunday.

Attendees relaxed under the sun sails to listen to The Swing Beans play on the verandah of the old coach house.

Many also took the opportunity to wander through Ringsfield to inspect the art exhibition.

UPDATE October 27: Caritas has advised the event raised $1655, and these funds will now be applied to Ukrainian relief efforts.

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Former gallery owner Joanne Newbery helped organise the exhibition … she also had a number of large, bright acrylic works for sale

Nanango Tourism and Development Association (NaTDA) vice-president Sam Hill and Julie Bateman were helping out on Saturday night
Cr Jane Erkens and Greg Hunt were some of the musicians from the Friday night “Shedders” in Nanango who entertained on the Friday and Saturday nights
The Swing Beans were in action at Groovin’ In The Gardens at Ringsfield on Sunday (Photo: Charlie Spagalli)


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