Artist’s great legacy lives on

Tree trib­ute for Roslyn Berthelsen

Central and North Burnett Times - - PULSE - Felicity Ripper Felicity.Ripper@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: FELICITY RIPPER

IM­POR­TANT CON­TRI­BU­TION: The Berthelsen fam­ily plant a tree to hon­our the late Roslyn Berthelsen at Mun­dub­bera Re­gional Art Gallery's 10th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion.

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