Foothills art’s new home

Stanbroke operations manager Jim Friis bought two of Toowoomba artist Carol Barnwell’s bull paintings. Stanbroke were the major sponsor for the event. Picture: JESSE HAMILTON

Withcott’s Foothills Art Show welcomed creatives from across southeast Queensland for its first showcase at its new venue, the Steve Jones Community Centre, with a splendid three days of artistry and passion from 31 May to 2 June.

The Lockyer art show highlighted the creativity of local artists through a diverse array of mediums, including watercolour, acrylic, and oil paintings, alongside photography, sculpture, and jewellery, with the winner of each category winning $100 in prize money.

The event opened Friday night with guests able to relax, munch on a snack, and vote for their favourite piece before winners of each category were announced.

Saturday allowed creatives to explore carving sculptures with a sold out Hebel workshop with tutor Michael Schoemaker, with artsy market stalls held all weekend.

Foothills Art Show coordinator Janice Holstein said the art display was integral to supporting local artists, with the diverse sections piquing the interest of a wide range of art admirers and entrants.

“There’s something for everybody to buy and support artists because there’s such a diversity of artwork, so it’s absolutely fabulous,” she said.

“It’s the first year at Steve Jones Community Centre, and it looks a treat.

“We’re really excited to be here and what the future might hold for the community in the region.”

Artists could submit up to five art pieces into a category for the show, with the 2024 theme ‘metamorphosis’ representing change and development.