Bud­ding cre­atives turn stress into art

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Meg Bolton [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

ART was a saviour, a fo­cus and a well-needed break for the five mem­bers of the Creeker’s Art Crew when they united at Mur­phy’s Creek gallery many years ago.

Since then, Eliz­a­beth Browne, Tracy Kennedy-shanks, Jen Voll, Michael Schoe­maker and Derek An­tonievich have gone from strength to strength.

At present, their art­works fill the en­tire Lock­yer Val­ley Art Gallery at Lake Apex.

Ms Browne said shar­ing her work with oth­ers was ex­tremely spe­cial.

“I’m hon­oured for peo­ple to like what you do, it’s not just about sell­ing, it’s for your work to be on dis­play for peo­ple,” she said.

“If peo­ple ad­mire your work and share their liv­ing space with what you’ve cre­ated that is a big big hon­our to me.”

While the in­di­vid­ual artists had ex­hib­ited be­fore, the col­lab­o­ra­tive dis­play was spe­cial and a trib­ute to their art men­tor Ge­off Bell.

“Ge­off was just a guid­ing light to foster what was in­side, not teach you what to do,” she said.

Mr Bell was the teach­ing artist at the Mur­phy’s Creek Art Gallery be­fore he ex­pe­ri­enced a stroke and had to leave his role.

“He put so much love and ef­fort into the art stu­dio and gallery, it was a very spe­cial place,” Ms Browne said.

The group was hon­oured to have Mr Bell at­tend the open­ing night of the ex­hi­bi­tion, which was opened by Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Tanya Mil­li­gan in De­cem­ber.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, dubbed Our Art is Our Story, fea­tured a mix of pas­tels, wa­ter colours, fine pen­cils and sculp­tures.

Artist Tracy Kennedy-shanks urged com­mu­nity mem­bers to visit the ex­hi­bi­tion, which will be open un­til Jan­uary 19.

PHOTO: MEG BOLTON

LOVE ART: Two mem­bers of the Creeker’s Art Crew, Tracy Kennedy-shanks and Eliz­a­beth Browne, at their Lock­yer Val­ley Art Gallery ex­hi­bi­tion.

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