Sharing in the art
IN 2012, when the Gayndah Art Gallery officially opened, gallery co-ordinator Wendy Kirk was just an amateur artist looking to take a more serious approach to her work.
"Being an artist I started to come along to the meetings, it must have been close to the opening when I joined because I ended up on the catering committee for the opening," Mrs Kirk said.
"At the time I was doing mainly acrylic and oil work and was mostly specialising in landscapes.
"Since then I've learnt graphite and worked on portraits. I met another local artists through the art gallery who taught me to work with that."
Mrs Kirk first started taking her art work seriously in 1990 but lost touch with it until she moved back to Gayndah.
"I guess the art gallery got me back into it," Mrs Kirk said.
"Usually I need some extra motivation like competitions and exhibitions to get me going because my work with the gallery keeps me so busy.
"It made me get a painting done for the latest art competition which I managed to win, that felt pretty good.
"I'd never won anything and I beat George Kirk who has built up a name in the art scene."
It's through these competitions and exhibitions that country artists can get themselves noticed.
"We've had artists from places like Childers and Gympie come up here to put on exhibitions which is great for the gallery," Mrs Kirk said.
"And some of our artists have gone on the art trail to Gympie and Pomona, today there are a lot of art trails to enjoy."
Mrs Kirk said the art trail benefited artists across the region.
"It's when you go down to the bay or Gympie, you can go to all these addresses and they have their own art gallery in their home," Mrs Kirk said.
"You can watch them work or you can talk about art, they do it in Gympie and Bundaberg and I think we should look into doing something like that here.
"A local artist actually managed to secure exhibitors for the future Orange Festival while on one of the trails."
Brochures for your closest art trail can be found at most local art galleries.
"You're able to find places with a variety of art from sculptures to paintings and anything in between," Mrs Kirk said.