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TALENT: Fay Barnes, Melissa Roma and Andrea Wilms at the Chinchilla Family Support Centre and Anglicare exhibition.
TALENT: Fay Barnes, Melissa Roma and Andrea Wilms at the Chinchilla Family Support Centre and Anglicare exhibition. Brooke Duncan

LOCAL people with a disability showcased their art in an exhibition at the Chinchilla Family Support Centre last week.

The support centre partnered with Anglicare to celebrate the United Nations International Day of People with Disability through an art exhibition consisting of work from locals with a disability.

Community connect worker Louise Judge said the exhibition was about much more than showcasing great artwork.

"It's really about trying to raise a bit of awareness, and acknowledging and being inclusive,” she said.

Anglicare team leader and client liaison Cathy Hartley agreed, saying it was a celebration of people with a disability to show what they could do.

"To bring awareness to people in the community.”

Local artist Andrea Wilms said she had been painting for more than 20 years and was happy to have her art included in the display.

"Just to get it out there,” she said.

Exhibiting artist Fay Barnes agreed.

She said she enjoyed painting natural scenes and liked being able to exhibit.

"Just to show other people what I can do,” she said.

"I don't paint often, but I'm trying to get into that.

"All of the other paintings are really nice.”

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