Ru­ral liv­ing in­spires art

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Meg Bolton Meg.bolton@gat­ton­

FROM the bull to the trac­tor, the finer de­tails of ru­ral liv­ing were en­cap­su­lated in the paint­ing cre­ated by Lai­d­ley artist Rachel Dent.

The piece was a project of com­pas­sion for peo­ple liv­ing in the coun­try and was auc­tioned for char­ity at the open­ing night of the artist’s in­au­gu­ral ex­hi­bi­tion at Nielsen’s Place.

Deemed a suc­cess, the night at­tracted peo­ple from across the val­ley in­clud­ing Lai­d­ley Town and Coun­try owner Jayne Cahill who pur­chased the paint­ing for $202.

All funds from the auc­tion were do­nated to the Ru­ral Aid ini­tia­tive buy-a-bale in a bid to lend a hand to strug­gling farm­ers.

Ms Cahill said they were happy to sup­port the vi­tal cause.

“We’ve been on the farm our­selves, we’ve come from a cat­tle sta­tion back­ground, so I know how hard the farm­ers have done it,” Mrs Cahill said.

“It was for a good cause, a good lo­cal artist and a great pic­ture which will com­ple­ment our pro­duce store.”

The paint­ing was in­spired by lo­cal fix­tures which Ms Dent pho­tographed dur­ing a drive across the area.

“I couldn’t find ex­actly what I wanted all in one pic­ture so I got lit­tle bits from here and there,” Mrs Dent said.

“The scene it­self is out on Mul­go­wie Road with the house, trees and cat­tle and the trac­tor was a pic­ture taken from pi­o­neer vil­lage.

“The wind­mill with the cat­tle and the ce­ment feeder is from Branell Homestead, the rooster is from my place and the bull is from out to­wards Thorn­ton on the side of the road.”

In­cor­po­rat­ing a lo­cal scene was im­por­tant for the ta­lented artist who was in­spired by her love her old build­ings and wind­mills.

“I wanted it to be com­po­nents of when you go on a drive in the coun­try it’s things that you do look at and you love,” she said.

Ms Dent said the ex­hi­bi­tion was an op­por­tu­nity for her to share her pas­sion with oth­ers.

The ex­hi­bi­tion named Lo­cal Colour will re­main open un­til Novem­ber, 9, with Ms Dent show­cas­ing 26 dif­fer­ent pieces of art­work.

Once the ex­hi­bi­tion ends auc­tioned piece will be in dis­played proudly be­hind the reg­is­ter at Lai­d­ley Town and Coun­try on Cooper Street.


COUN­TRY LIFE: Jayne Cahill pur­chased the paint­ing cre­ated by artist Rachel Dent which com­bined dif­fer­ent as­pects from across the Lock­yer Val­ley area.

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