Curator Dr Sue Davis AM was perfectly camouflaged, wearing the same design as one of the featured wall hangings

December 7, 2023

Wondai Regional Art Gallery is hosting a special travelling exhibition which features “wildflowering” by some of Queensland’s top women artists.

“Wildflowering By Design” is part of a series of “Wild/flower Women” exhibitions which have toured galleries in Caloundra, Noosa, Gympie, Bundaberg and Hervey Bay.

The Wondai exhibition has been curated by Dr Susan Davis OAM and Dr Lisa Chandler, from the Sunshine Coast, and features works by Rose Barrowcliffe, Nai Nai Bird, Renata Buziak, Donna Davis, Joolie Gibbs, Anne Harris, Nicole Jakins, Shelley Pisani, Edith Rewa, Cara Ann Simpson, Marni Stuart and Emma Thorp.

They have been joined by local artists including Robyn Dower, Wendy Olsen, Tess Elliott and Maureen Addenbrooke.

The artworks – which include fabric designs, paintings and sculptures – are all imbued with a love of native wildflowers and the places they grow.

The artists have been inspired by the stories of environmentalists such as the late Kathleen McArthur, who specialised in painting wildflowers.

Kathleen was a co-founder – alongside Judith Wright, David Fleay and Brian Clouston – of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland in 1962.

The Wondai exhibition was formally opened by Cr Kathy Duff last Friday night after a Welcome to Country by Uncle Eric Law AM.

The evening also featured musical performances by students from Wondai P-9 State School, who also have works on display in Kidz Korner.

The exhibitions will remain on show until 3:00pm on Saturday, January 27.

The gallery is open seven days a week, from 10:00am to 3:00pm, but will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Artist Nikita Law with her father, Wakka Wakka Elder Uncle Eric Law AM, who welcomed visitors to the gallery
Some of the Wondai State School students with works on display … from left, April Quirke (Year 2/3), Lillian Olsen (Year 4/5), Gemma Quirke (Year 1/2) and Eboni Quirke (Year 5/6)
Artist Nicole Jakins, from Glenwood, with some of her nature-inspired sculptures
Artist Edith Rewa Barrett, from Brisbane, with her work, “Wallum Shimmer”
Joolie Gibbs, from Gympie, in front of her massive work, Impermanence, which takes up the back wall of the main gallery … the work, made on 300GSM paper, has been crafted with hand-made inks made from bunya pines, mangroves, eucalyptus, bark, resin, iron and bleach.
Wendy Olsen, from Tingoora, was one of the South Burnett artists who also had works on display
Neil Hutton provided the musical accompaniment on opening night
Cr Kathy Duff, who opened the exhibition, with artist Renata Buziak, from Brisbane
The Wondai State School band performed a number of pieces under the guidance of instrumental music teacher Alisha Thurston


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