CREATIVES: Karen Gaskell, Donna Freyling and Kristen Flynn at the 2018 Western Downs Regional Artists' Exhibition.
CREATIVES: Karen Gaskell, Donna Freyling and Kristen Flynn at the 2018 Western Downs Regional Artists' Exhibition. Brooke Duncan

Celebrating artistry in the Western Downs

ARTISTS from Miles, Chinchilla and Dalby have gathered to celebrate their creativity at the opening of the 2018 Western Downs Regional Artists' Exhibition.

Held at Chinchilla's Lapunyah Art Gallery, the opening was a chance for artists to network and view the work of others from across the region.

This year's exhibition theme of 50 Shades... asked artists to explore the values of light and shade across any medium - and the entries were incredibly diverse.

Chinchilla's Kristen Flynn was awarded first place for her two incredible solar plate etchings with Sakura oil printing on Fabiano paper titled Actuality I and II.

Curator and judge Tess Maunder said she was drawn to the etchings because of their unique nature.

"Conceptually, Flynn's work is extensional in nature, questioning some of the important binary relationships in our lives: human to the natural, organic to the made-made.” she said.

Mrs Flynn said she tried to cover the theme in as many ways as possible - visually, conceptually and through the process of creating the etching itself.

"Usually my work, even if I try not to, has some connection to exactly what's around me or something hidden about myself,” she said.

"But I try and leave enough room that people can apply their own narratives or apply their own understanding without mine getting in their way.

"I'm just happy that I've got a work on the wall.

"These competitions are so important because it just means that instead of having half-finished stuff sitting in the back, it forces you to be an artist and finish something, get it done on the day and get something up on a wall in our very busy, busy lives.”

Second prize went to Miles artist Kerryn Rabone for her mixed-media work 50 Shades of Brass, while Chinchilla's Helen Dennis took third with her acrylic painting Rust.

Dalby's Elizabeth Graetz was highly commended for her Shades of the Aussie Bush.

The exhibition will run until October 24.


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