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