Graham W. Smith, with his painting, Art Deco Mirror - Ideal Cafe, Fabriano, Italy. This watercolour was featured at an exhibition in Italy in April 2019.
Graham W. Smith, with his painting, Art Deco Mirror - Ideal Cafe, Fabriano, Italy. This watercolour was featured at an exhibition in Italy in April 2019. Marguerite Cuddihy

Award-winning artist to showcase Burnett beauty in Wondai

SOUTH Burnett scenery is featured in the paintings of an award-winning artist whose work will be on display in the Wondai Regional Gallery next month.

The Burnett Beauty and Beyond exhibition by watercolour Graham W. Smith will fill gallery two.

Mr Smith has completed more than 2700 paintings in the past 50 years, and was a finalist in the Fabrianao in Acquarello Exhibition in Italy last year.

"Over the last 12 months I have visited the Burnett region to source painting subjects," Mr Graham said.

"On a number of occasions I did en plein air outdoor paintings.

"In particular, two small watercolours of the Wondai Hotel, the post office, three studies of the Kingaroy silos, a view overlooking Peterson Dr, the outlook from Mt Wooroolin and Gordonbrook Dam."

Mr Graham said he hoped the community would enjoy his interpretation of the region.

"I particularly wanted to feature dramatic skies in this series as the weather is so important to all our farmers," he said.

The fellow of the Royal Queensland Art Society and master pastellist with The Pastel Society of Australia will share some of the secrets to his paintings at an artist's talk in the gallery on Sunday, September 8 at 11am.

He will also be painting in the gallery on Thursday, September 12, Friday, September 13, Saturday, September 14, Sunday, September 15,  Friday, September 20, Saturday, September 21, and Sunday, September 22.

The Wondai gallery will also feature work by Delwyn and Shanae Birkett in gallery one, and Jan Meirs' and her husband's pieces in gallery three.

Delwyn and Shane Birkett called their exhibition CAPTURED + CREATED of Beauty Rich & Rare.

It is a collective showcase of photography and abstract art produced by the mother-and-daughter duo.

Delwyn's photography focuses on the beauty of Australia, whether it be the sunburnt outback to lush coastal scenes or the country's array of flora and fauna.

Sharnae's mixed medium artwork shows off her abstract and creative flair, and no two pieces are the same.

Jan Meirs and her husband will be displaying their combined efforts of Mixed Media. Mrs Meirs will have her cross-stitch art works on show, while Mr Meirs' painted saws and canvases will be featured.

Young artists from Moffatdale and Wheatlands State Schools will show their creativity in the gallery's Kids' Korner.

The opening night for the September exhibitions will be held on Friday, September 6 from 6pm.

Entry costs $5 and includes supper. There will also be punch wine served by Crane Winery and live entertainment.

The exhibition will remain at the Wondai Regional Art Gallery until 4pm on Saturday September 28.