Dave Matthews-Frederick with his wife, paper tole artist Rosemarie and the People’s Choice winner on opening night, “Two Horses”

June 12, 2024

Winter seems to be the time for crafts in the South Burnett’s art world … and Wondai Regional Art Gallery has joined in the fun this month.

On Friday night, Mayor Kathy Duff – with help from Proston P-10 school students – officially opened the gallery’s June exhibition.

The Alpaca Collective has taken over the front and rear galleries with textile works by Julia and Kirsten Jeffery, and Jo and Sam Bowler.

Most are made with wool spun from Alpaca fleece.

Sam’s pieces include a stunning range of tartans.

In the main gallery, well-known local paper tole artist Rosemarie Matthews-Frederick has “Tole’d In Paper & Mixed Media”

Rosemarie – and some of her students – have added their own flair to paper tole works.

A strong contingent of teachers, students and parents turned up to inspect the works from Proston P-10 on display in Kidz Korner.

The exhibitions will remain on display until 3:00pm on Friday, July 5.

Entry to the gallery is free.

Margaret Leybourne, from the Gold Coast, and Patricia Morris, from Wondai,
All from Proston P-10 … Karen Fisher, Robyn Maneylaws, Rhiannon McLennan and Katrina Conroy
Wondai visitors Johan and Rina Du Preez, staying in the short-stay caravan park, dropped into the gallery to see what was happening
Bevan and Marie Routledge, from Murgon; Barbara Hartmann King, Murgon; and Kanute Larsen, from Millicent in South Australia
Jo and Sam Bowler, from “Just For Ewe” at Crows Nest, had textile works in the front gallery
Rosemarie Matthews-Frederick explains the paper tole process to gallery patron Cr Ros Heit
Mayor Kathy Duff officially opens the exhibition with a bit of help from the Proston children
Julia and Kirstin Jeffery, from the Alpaca Collective, and Suzanne Flintham, from Kingaroy, with a photo of alpacas Charlie, Marco and PJ whose fleeces have been spun into some of the works on display
South Burnett Mayor Kathy Duff and Cr Ros Heit were kept busy on opening night at Wondai
Dianne Riedy and Noeleen Braddock, both from Wondai, check out some of the Alpaca Collective’s pieces


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