The South Burnett community were captured by the ROAR art exhibition at the Kingaroy Art Gallery opening night on Thursday March 8, 2018.
The South Burnett community were captured by the ROAR art exhibition at the Kingaroy Art Gallery opening night on Thursday March 8, 2018. Jessica McGrath

Artists celebrate South Burnett women

ARTWORKS come in all shapes and sizes, and so do the talents of South Burnett women.

Arts co-ordinator Olivia Everitt was blown away by the 43 entries at Kingaroy's ROAR art exhibition, which opened on Thursday.

"To see photography, to works on canvas and ceramics, and just the diversity of the works is impressive,” Ms Everitt said.

Young and Emerging Artist Award winner Tiana Justine Clifford McDougall said it was important to recognise women.

"Being a woman in a rural area, I think we have our own voice that needs to be heard,” Ms McDougall said.

Her winning artwork, The Country Woman, depicts the generic face of South Burnett women.

"She is beautiful, but she's not just a pretty face. She's resilient, hard working, strong,” Ms McDougall said.

Entry fees from the 38 local artists raised more than $350 towards domestic violence support, Mrs Everitt said.

Kelly Dugdell won the major art award for her piece Sista and the Orana Arts Group was awarded a highly commended for Life Stories.

ROAR and Samantha Nolan's Home exhibitions will be on show until April 10 at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery.

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