News

The art of the journey motivates exhibition

FOR THE LOVE OF ART: Brigalow-artist Jan Ferguson outside her home and studio with one of the painted hand saws she's become known for. It will be among the art works exhibited at Our Voice Through Art at Gallery 107 Dalby.
FOR THE LOVE OF ART: Brigalow-artist Jan Ferguson outside her home and studio with one of the painted hand saws she's become known for. It will be among the art works exhibited at Our Voice Through Art at Gallery 107 Dalby. Alana Calvert

THE sight of Jan Ferguson and her landscape art painted onto hand saws, circular disks and other artefacts of bygone bush life is a common one at the Chinchilla, Dalby and Jandowae markets.

Something less common than the sight of the Brigalow-artist is the knowledge Ms Ferguson is also a teacher, specialising in art therapy classes - a venture largely funded by her own art sales.

Working with students aged from as young as ten right through to people in their 90's, the art classes aren't about the end product - but the therapeutic process involved in creating art and independent expression, Ms Ferguson said.

"I've been doing it for years with people with disabilities and depression,” she said.

"I used to work with Illoura residents (in Chinchilla) and got a grant from QGC and once that ran out I kept going because there's a huge need (for art therapy) here.

"My aim is... to give them the confidence that they can do things.”

As an artist for the past 25 years, Ms Ferguson has become known for her unorthodox choice of 'canvas'.

Reclaiming once everyday household and farm items like stove-doors, washing machines from the turn of the century, copper washing basins and other objects left behind by the passage of time and progress to paint with her farm scenes.

"My big thing is it doesn't have to be a canvas. Most of them (artists) think a canvas is the only thing art is, whereas I think a canvas is the last thing (art) is,” she said.

It's a philosophy that's key to her art therapy lessons.

"To me, art is depicting emotion. The physical, what's around you. And the other word I'd use is enjoyment. Enjoyment in doing it and enjoyment in people looking at it.”

This weekend, in collaboration with her student artists from Dalby and Chinchilla, Ms Ferguson is showcasing all their work in a special exhibit.

"Our Voice Through Art is designed as a vehicle to display the abilities of the artists, allowing them to express their thoughts and feelings and giving them a means of relating to others through their creativity, thus giving them a voice that normally they may not have had,” she said.

"The actual creation of each piece of artwork also provides a form of art therapy for the aged and (people with disabilities), developing a sense of self-worth and increasing their confidence in their positive abilities rather than dwelling on the negatives associated with their various conditions.”

Our Voice Through Art opens at Gallery 107 in Dalby this Saturday at 2pm with light refreshments and the opportunity to meet the artists. The exhibit runs until February 25.

Topics:  art art exhibition art therapy gallery 107 jan ferguson our voice through art


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Origin to move staff into region's towns

Origin's operational workforce will be moved out of the Condabri camp by September.

Permanent Origin staff to move into towns

Biennial Rodeo 'biggest ever' in Chinchilla

LIVE FAST: The Chinchilla Melon Festival Rodeo on Friday night attracted huge crowds, nominations and prize money.

'(It was) the biggest rodeo we've ever had there': Rodeo President

Horror as Tim Nicholls eats a melon

FACE FIRST: LNP leader Tim Nicholls gets a face full of melon as WDRC Mayor Paul McVeigh looks on in horror, at the Chinchilla Melon Festival on Saturday.

LNP leader visits Melon Festival, gets melon on face

Local Partners

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

GET a sneak peek at Green Day's American Idiot The Musical as we go behind the scenes to meet the stars at a QPAC rehearsal.

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.

Buderim dad rejects gay son's emotional plea for second time

LOVERS: Grant and Chris have been together for more than three years, and Chris' parents refuse to acknowledge their son's fiance.

Son’s emotional plea rejected again by unmoved father

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Ipswich facing housing shortage: Property expert

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!