Wondai artist Katrina O’Shannessy has taken over the front gallery … this work, “Striking Bird”, was voted a People’s Choice favourite on opening night

February 6, 2024

Wondai Regional Art Gallery has started the new year with a flourish, featuring works by both visiting and local artists in its first exhibition for 2024.

Hyper-realistic and abstract works by Wondai artist Katrina O’Shannessy have taken over the front gallery, while Kingaroy-based Cherry Carroll has a diverse collection of “Bits and Bobs” filling Gallery 3.

Seven Sunshine Coast artists have filled the walls of the main gallery with an eclectic selection of works, grouped under the title “Pulse: Rhythms of the Land”.

Their exhibition consists of paintings, drawings and prints as well as ceramics in a range of styles which aim to capture the changing moods of the region’s landscapes.

Five of the seven artists made the journey to Wondai on Friday for the official opening night.

Cr Kathy Duff was enlisted by gallery patron Ros Heit to do the honours, but Cr Duff then invited three of Katrina’s children to actually cut the obligatory pink ribbon.

In Kidz Korner this month is a range of works by Tingoora State School pupils.

Principal Tanya Taylor praised the “Kidz Korner” concept, saying this was the first time a school she had been connected with had been invited to exhibit students’ work in an art gallery.

“I am so excited that we were asked to hang our work up,” she said.

The exhibitions will remain on display at Wondai Gallery until 3:00pm on Saturday, February 24.

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

Cr Kathy Duff handed over the official opening to Wondai sisters April, Gemma and Eboni Quirke
Sunshine Coast artists Kay Wright, Des Rolph, Lisa Chandler, Tony Coles and Trevor Hood are featured in the Main Gallery
Tingoora State School business manager Robyn Broomhall and principal Tanya Taylor … works by Tingoora students are featured this month in Kidz Korner
Cr Scott Henschen with Tingoora artist Robyn Dower
Gallery patron Ros Heit with Cr Kathy Duff and Sean and Liz Nicholson, from Wondai


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