Winner of the Western Downs Regional Council's Open Art Award for 2019 by artist Lynette Cramb with her
Winner of the Western Downs Regional Council's Open Art Award for 2019 by artist Lynette Cramb with her "Floral Impressions".

Art exhibition to arrive in Bell

THE President and members of the Bell Art Group are gearing up for their annual Bell Art Exhibition to be held in the Bell Memorial Public Hall from Saturday 22nd February to Sunday 1st March. The Exhibition will be demounted on Monday 2nd March 2020.

Art Lovers, Participating Artists, Patrons, Family and Friends are invited to attend the Gala Opening and Presentation of Awards evening on Saturday 22nd February from 7.00pm in the Bell Memorial Public Hall. Admission is $10.00 per person and includes total exhibition viewing, finger food supper and complimentary wine or fruit juice. The exhibition extends from Monday 24th February until Saturday 1st March and the exhibition is demounted on Monday 2nd March. Most of the original art works on display are for sale.

The 30 classes of the Art Schedule cover a wide variety of subject matter and mediums and is always a great source of attraction for artists on all levels, including the popular junior section. A total of 500 entries have been received including around 190 for the junior art section from Our Lady of the Southern Cross School, the Dalby Christian School and the local Bell State School as well as individual participants. Entries have been received from all over the Western Downs, South Burnett & Toowoomba Regions, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and other City and Provincial areas of Queensland. Some of the artists have been supporting and participating in the Bell Art Exhibition since inception in 2001.

Renowned and acclaimed artist and art tutor, Mr Donald James Water OAM is looking forward to coming to Bell to judge the art group’s 19th annual art competition in the Bell Memorial Public Hall. Donald is an established Australian artist with an illustrious career spanning over three decades. While best described as a contemporary artist, Donald’s artwork transcends many genres to create a truly unique yet ever evolving and eclectic style. Donald’s career has taken his art all over the world and his works are in the collections of many private and corporate collectors, including that of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11. In 2016, Donald was awarded with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to the community and the Arts and he has been previously recognised as Gold Coast Citizen of the Year.

Features of the art exhibition is the Western Downs Regional Council Open Art Award for the Grand Champion of the Show and three major prizes sponsored by AGL. There is also a Reserve Champion and a Junior Champion prize and a special award from the Dalby Regional Arts Council. The Bell Art Group gratefully acknowledge the generous sponsorship and support from the Business & Corporate Sector as well as friends and members of the Bell Art Group to maintain the ongoing success of this annual exhibition. This continued support maintains the 2020 prizemoney to around $7,000 overall. The popular theme section for this year’s exhibition is titled “A Century of Music”.

Patrons will have the opportunity to cast a vote for the Viewer’s Choice awards from the senior and junior sections and the Packing Room prize will be chosen by the hard working exhibition assembly crew.

Further details, please contact: Mrs Ruth Storey (president) Bell Art Group Inc. (07) 4663 1193 / (07) 4663 1087 at the Bell Bunya Community Centre or Ph: 4663 1348 (Home) or email bellbunyacommunitycentre@gmail.com or write PO Box 24, Bell Q 4408.


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