ART ON SHOW: This month's exhibiting artists Lois Vreeken, Roslyn Smith and Shan Wood (back) with Lois Hamilton and Suzanne Flintham (front) at the Kingaroy Art Gallery.
ART ON SHOW: This month's exhibiting artists Lois Vreeken, Roslyn Smith and Shan Wood (back) with Lois Hamilton and Suzanne Flintham (front) at the Kingaroy Art Gallery. Laura Blackmore

South Burnett artists reveal work in new gallery exhibition

ARTWORK reflecting the themes of connection and community are on show in the latest exhibition at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery.

Guests were treated to their first look at the collection of art at the opening night last Thursday.

One of the exhibitors, Canvases and Cupcakes, is an artistic group in the South Burnett made up of friends who meet every Tuesday to create and converse over art and food.

ART DISPLAY: Some of the artwork exhibited by the local group Cavases Cupcakes at the Kingaroy Art Gallery this month.
Some of the artwork exhibited by the Canvases and Cupcakes group at the Kingaroy Art Gallery this month. Laura Blackmore

During August, visitors can see the creations of group members Lois Hamilton, Roslyn Smith, Lois Vreeken and Suzanne Flintham (Suzy Blue) on display.

"I think sometimes we do more eating than making,” Mrs Smith said.

"Each week we pick a theme, then go off on our own tangents and see what happens.

"Suzanne makes some beautiful forms of poetry and we all paint on canvases.”

The group has also organised a silent auction for one of their paintings, A Scot's Holiday, which is displayed in the front room gallery.

Money raised from the silent auction will be donated to Joise Potter's tenth and final campaign for the Brissy to Bay bike ride, which raises money for Multiple Sclerosis Queensland.

ART DISPLAY: The Canvases Cupcake group's artwork, which is being part of the silent auction to raise money for MS Queensland.
The Canvases and Cupcake group has a piece available to buy via silent auction to raise money for MS Queensland. Laura Blackmore

The other artist with work in the Kingaroy gallery this month doesn't come from the South Burnett, but has a strong connection with the area and a love for rural and regional Australia.

Internationally-recognised artist, Shan Wood, who grew up in Central Queensland, has always been drawn to outback landscapes.

Ms Wood often travels to Kingaroy to visit her friend Melody Cook who is part of the local arts scene.

"Regional galleries are critical for emerging and established artists because it teaches you the discipline of exhibiting,” Ms Wood said.

"Mel suggested that I bring up one of my works to show the artist group.

"We started talking and then Fran asked me if I would host a workshop up here and then it turned into an exhibition.

"So really it's due to my long-time friendship that I'm in this beautiful town.”

ART DISPLAY: Internationally recognised Shan Wood was thrilled to be exhibiting her latest collection of artwork at the Kingaroy Art Gallery.
Internationally-recognised Shan Wood is thrilled to be exhibiting her latest collection of artwork at the Kingaroy Art Gallery. Laura Blackmore

Based at Stanford north-west of Brisbane, Ms Wood's work is a reflection of her artist residency in Namibia three years ago.

She worked out of the National Gallery in Windhoek, Namibia, and Ms Wood said the theme of connection to place could be seen in her pieces.

"When I was in Namibia I was looking for what connects me to my own country because I love Australia,” Ms Wood said.

"There's one painting in there where I can almost feel myself driving up a road from when I was a child.”

Exhibitions Your Way and Mine by Canvases and Cupcakes, and Sense of Place: My Response to the Namibian Landscape by Shan Wood can be seen at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery until the end of August.