In­spi­ra­tion sparks new art ex­hi­bi­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

SAN­DRA Clark got so frus­trated with the bath­room wall­pa­per peel­ing back that she “wanted to rip it all off and paint a mu­ral”.

This sparked an in­ter­est in the art world that has now de­vel­oped into real talent, and the Monto Art Group sec­re­tary was among nine other mem­bers show­ing work in the lo­cal ex­hi­bi­tion, which is open all week.

The group par­tic­i­pated in renowned artist Kathleen Gunn’s The ver­sa­til­ity of acrylics work­shop re­cently and the Re­gional Arts De­vel­op­ment Fund-sup­ported ex­hi­bi­tion shows the paint­ings that were in­spired dur­ing the class.

“We all based our paint­ings on a pho­to­graph Kathleen showed us of gum trees, but ev­ery­one had their own in­ter­pre­ta­tion so all the paint­ings are very dif­fer­ent,” said San­dra.

She said the best thing about the collection was the dif­fer­ent medi­ums they were all taught to use.

Al­though San­dra still hasn’t painted the mu­ral for her bath­room, be­cause she “de­cided she would prob­a­bly get sick of it”, she has found loads of other in­spi­ra­tion for her new­found talent.

An­i­mals and grand­chil­dren are her favourite two sub­jects.

“I love eyes and faces, when I get started paint­ing them I al­ways want to keep work­ing, so I even­tu­ally just have to put it in a frame to stop my­self ru­in­ing it,” she said with a laugh.

She even won first prize at the Biloela Show.

San­dra is among five other art group mem­bers off to Mary­bor­ough this week for an ex­cit­ing re­gional work­shop.

To check out the lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion head to the Monto Cul­tural Cen­tre, or pop into the Monto Café or the Mulgildie Pub to see work for sale.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

IN­SPIRED: San­dra Clark and Judy Van­der-Have both have work in the lat­est Art Group ex­hi­bi­tion at the Monto Cul­tural Cen­tre.

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