Dwayne Howlett. Ann-Maree Harrison and Alice and Tahnie Hauritz … works by the four family members are on display at Wondai Art Gallery

November 10, 2023

A family has taken over all three galleries at the Wondai Regional Art Gallery in November … but did they all have the choice?

Four members of the same family – Ann-Maree Harrison, Dwayne Howlett and Alice and Tahnie Hauritz – have a mixed collection on show, ranging from pencil work and oil and acrylic paintings to wood turning and photography.

The exhibition, “From The Lathe, To Lens, To Pencil, To Brush”, features a mix of all these art forms.

The gallery takeover appears to have been the brainchild of mum Ann-Maree.

“Three of us didn’t have a choice,” daughter Alice joked at the opening night last Friday.

And there were some fears they mighn’t have enough to fill the three rooms, but they need not have worried.

“Mum has been kicking us in the backside to get things done,” Alice said.

Ann-Maree had always dreamed of becoming an artist … and the exhibition proved she has achieved this.

Her works included a range of stunning black and white pencil drawings and oil paintings.

Alice, who works at St Mary’s Catholic College, has been doing workshops at Two Sisters Art at Crawford.

She admitted she was still finding her style, exploring the way she wanted to go with her art.

Her daughter, Tahnie, is a Year 7 student at St Mary’s.

She is also exploring different media and art forms but loves going to art classes with her mum and granny to learn even more.

The fourth family member is Uncle Dwayne whose main hobby is wood-turning but he also uses different wood materials – including coloured pencils – to make unique pieces.

The opening night was not only packed with Alice’s family members and friends but also with a crowd of children from Murgon Kindy who had taken over Kidz Korner.

It was a special night for kindy teacher Amanda Dennien who has resigned from the kindy after 22 years.

She plans to start relief teaching duties in the South Burnett soon.

This is the fifth year Murgon Kindy have had works featured in Kidz Korner.

The exhibition was officially opened by St Mary’s art teacher Bronwyn Langford Martoo.

The works will remain on display until 3:00pm on Saturday, November 25.

The gallery is open from 10:00am to 3:00pm, seven days a week. Entry is free.

Murgon Kindy’s Amanda Dennien with some of the children who had works in Kidz Korner … Elliana, Owen, Giana, William, Gen and Kassian
Gallery patron Ros Heit and curator Elaine Madill OAM
Bronwyn Langford Martoo and Damien Martoo with their twins Cherry and Minnie
Jenny Larkin, Kingaroy, Gwen Olm, Wondai; and Rodney Hatchett, Murgon
Val Parker, Clare Pott and Dianne Riedy, all from Wondai



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