Artist’s great legacy lives on
Tree tribute for Roslyn Berthelsen
ROSLYN Berthelsen was a driving force in enriching the lives of Mundubbera locals with art.
The inaugural co-ordinator and founder of Mundubbera Art Gallery passed away in 2014 but her legacy lives on through the esteemed gallery.
Celebrating 10 years since the gallery opened its doors, Mrs Berthelsen’s family planted a tree in her honour and the community gathered to commemorate the milestone in conjunction with Australia Day.
“The birth of this gallery was the brainchild of a very special lady who is no longer with us,” North Burnett Deputy Mayor Faye Whelan said.
“The decision was made that we would apply for a grant for Mundubbera to have its own gallery and that made Roslyn very, very happy.”
The gallery invited past exhibitors back for commemoration.
“The gallery was an initiative of the councillors from the then Mundubbera Shire Council, and was brought to fruition by the amalgamated North Burnett Regional Council,” volunteer co-ordinator Susan Allan said.
“Our first co-ordinator, the late Mrs Roslyn Berthelsen, was a shire councillor at the time and rallied hard for our community to have this wonderful facility.
“Thank you to all the exhibiting artists who have returned, helping us celebrate our 10 years by providing artworks that give a snapshot of previous exhibitions over this time.”
Cr Whelan said the grant application for the gallery, written in 2006, was successful and the decision was made to build onto the library.
“We were fortunate to have a really good local builder, Mr Ben Halfpenny, who was able to match the brick so you wouldn’t think that the library and the gallery were two separate buildings,” she said.
“In April of 2018 we had the joy of opening this gallery, and it was as much joy to us councillors and staff but more so to the late Roslyn.
“We were very fortunate, through her network of artists across Queensland, to have some fantastic artists come through this gallery, and there’s a lot of them here today.
“We could have had the 10th anniversary celebration earlier, last year, but we wanted to make sure that we could have a gala event that we could be proud of.”
Mayor Rachel Chambers said art was important for communities.
“It is vastly important for arts and culture to be a part of every town and every community. It enriches our lives so much,” she said.
IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION: The Berthelsen family plant a tree to honour the late Roslyn Berthelsen at Mundubbera Regional Art Gallery's 10th anniversary celebration.