Busy start to the year for Kilcoy art scene

Jayne McKenzie, Peggy McMillan and Jason Wendt and the Courthouse Gallery’s exhibition opening on 11 February. Pictures: KASI

Kilcoy Art Society’s February artist of the month exhibition received an amazing reaction.

Several pieces artworks were sold during the ‘Paint Like A Master’ exhibition.

The Courthouse Gallery hosted several events in February.

Foggy Friday on 9 February attracted 35 attendees.

Artists Lisa May, Darla Boyd, Dawn Evans, Wendy Houston and Carol Robinson gave presentations about their chosen master artist for the ‘Paint Like a Master’ project.

On February 11 the new exhibition opening event was help, attracting more than 70 attendees.

The afternoon was a lot of fun with the People’s Choice Award being presented to the most popular artwork in the ‘Paint Like a Master’ collection.

Congratulations to Susan McConnel, Wendy Houston and Sharon Lee for taking out first, second and third places in the People’s Choice Award.

A beginners’ watercolour workshop was held at the gallery under instruction from watercolourist Di Taylor, on Saturday 17 February.

Ten students attended and learnt the three important techniques of wet into wet, dry on wet and working from light to dark whilst painting gum leaves.

Kilcoy Art Society Inc artists usually meet on the last Friday of the month, but this year they are doing something different.

The town of Kilcoy will be the focus of their work and they will set up their art gear on the last Friday of the month somewhere in the town’s streets.

The aim is to have a set of paintings and works of art of the Kilcoy township to display for Artist of the Month for January, 2025.

This will be titled ‘Kilcoy – Draw My Town’.

Start time is 9.30am.

The first meet-up was on Friday 23 February on the median strip opposite the chemist shop in William St.

KASI will advertise via their Facebook page (Kilcoycourthouseartgallery) future dates and locations as everyone is welcome to join in.

March’s artist of the month is Larry Rollason.

Larry was born in Victoria and grew up in the Northern Territory.

He worked as a stockman and a mechanic and has travelled all over Australia.

He now resides in beautiful Mount Archer in the Somerset Region.

Larry thinks the NT is where he got the taste for his colour palette, as he enjoys bright colours, hues of red, yellow, purple and orange, and lots of contrast.

He only started painting when he turned 60, firstly dabbling in spray paints, before finally picking up a brush and moving to acrylics.

Larry surprised himself as he would never have thought that he could turn out a ‘reasonable’ work of art.

Larry’s advice is ‘go for it, pick up a brush and give it a go.’