STUNNING: The Burnett Waltz by Alice McLaughlin (acrylic on MDF).
STUNNING: The Burnett Waltz by Alice McLaughlin (acrylic on MDF). Contributed

From mountains to mouth: Burnett brought to life

THE last time Childers artists Kim Connell and Alice McLaughlin exhibited in Gayndah, in 2014, their Centrefold considered the vastness of the Australian outback.

With their new exhibit, opening Friday at Gayndah Art Gallery at 7pm, the duo are looking much closer to home for inspiration.

Burnett Waltz, a mixed media exhibit featuring pottery, sculpture and painting, considers the history, people and environment of the "lifeblood” of our region, the Burnett River.

"The river is about lifestyle, community, food, irrigation, the natural environment, and they all have to work hand-in-hand,” Ms Connell said.

She said all the myriad lives which depend on the river, from the towns, to farmers, flora and fauna, bird life and the iconic lungfish, are represented by the many mediums the exhibition takes.

Ms Connell said the exhibition is much more personal for herself and Ms McLaughlin because their subject is their "home ground”.

"Usually your home turf is the last thing you go explore,” she said.

She said it was an "awesome” experience researching for the exhibition and fondly recalls traversing the Burnett Rail Trails.

Ms Connell said she hopes the exhibit is a "conversation starter.”

"Instead of it just being a picture on the wall, I want it to mean things to people,” she said.

"It was a reason for being there.”

Ms Connell and Ms McLaughlin have been working together for around eight years, since Ms Connell participated in an art group hosted by Ms McLaughlin in Childers.

This is their third exhibition together.


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