Shar­ing in the art

Gayndah Art Gallery gives Wendy Kirk in­spi­ra­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - Adam McCleery Adam.McCleery@cnbtimes.com.au

IN 2012, when the Gayndah Art Gallery of­fi­cially opened, gallery co-or­di­na­tor Wendy Kirk was just an ama­teur artist look­ing to take a more se­ri­ous ap­proach to her work.

“Be­ing an artist I started to come along to the meet­ings, it must have been close to the open­ing when I joined be­cause I ended up on the cater­ing com­mit­tee for the open­ing,” Mrs Kirk said.

“At the time I was do­ing mainly acrylic and oil work and was mostly spe­cial­is­ing in land­scapes.

“Since then I’ve learnt graphite and worked on por­traits. I met other lo­cal artists through the art gallery who taught me to work with that.”

Mrs Kirk first started tak­ing her art work se­ri­ously in 1990 but lost touch with it un­til she moved back to Gayndah.

“I guess the art gallery got me back into it,” Mrs Kirk said. “Usu­ally I need some ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion like com­pe­ti­tions and ex­hi­bi­tions to get me go­ing be­cause my work with the gallery keeps me so busy.

“It made me get a paint­ing done for the lat­est art com­pe­ti­tion which I man­aged to win, that felt pretty good.

“I’d never won any­thing and I beat Ge­orge Kirk who has built up a name in the art scene.”

It’s through these com­pe­ti­tions and ex­hi­bi­tions that coun­try artists can get them­selves no­ticed.

“We’ve had artists from places like Childers and Gympie come up here to put on ex­hi­bi­tions which is great for the gallery,” Mrs Kirk said.

“And some of our artists have gone on the art trail to Gympie and Pomona, to­day there are a lot of art trails to en­joy.”

Mrs Kirk said the art trail ben­e­fited artists across the re­gion.

“It’s when you go down to the bay or Gympie, you can go to all these ad­dresses and they have their own art gallery in their home,” Mrs Kirk said.

“You can watch them work or you can talk about art, they do it in Gympie and Bund­aberg and I think we should look into do­ing something like that here.

“A lo­cal artist ac­tu­ally man­aged to se­cure ex­hibitors for the fu­ture Or­ange Fes­ti­val while on one of the trails.”

Brochures for your clos­est art trail can be found at most lo­cal art gal­leries.

“You’re able to find places with a va­ri­ety of art from sculp­tures to paint­ings and any­thing in be­tween,” Mrs Kirk said.

It made me get a paint­ing done for the lat­est art com­pe­ti­tion which I man­aged to win, that felt pretty good. — Wendy Kirk

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

POLE PO­SI­TION: Gayndah artists Wendy Kirk (left) and Joy Spry spread­ing art around Gayndah.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

LOVE OF ART: Wendy Kirk and Rob Miller at the Gayndah Art Gallery.

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