Former president Elaine Madill and current Wondai Regional Art Gallery president Amanda Delahoy Seiler
Former president Elaine Madill and current Wondai Regional Art Gallery president Amanda Delahoy Seiler Jessica McGrath

Gallery goes wild with artworks

THE mystery and beauty of Australian wildlife will be on display next month in the Wondai Regional Art Gallery.

Gallery One will feature Peter Moss' exhibition Protect What Is Left.

Mr Moss suffered a debilitating back injury at age 21, and as a result has over the ensuing years used art as his creative outlet and pain relief.

He mostly paints Australian wildlife in the hope that his efforts will alert people to the beauty and plight of the wildlife around, often not even noticed in busy lives.

The artist hopes others experience the pleasure he has from painting.

"You never know what you can do until you try or you have no other choice like me,” Mr Moss said.

Gallery two will be transformed into 'John Spies Memorial Exhibition' during July.

Mr Spies passed away in 2006, and the Wondai gallery has carried printed cards of his paintings, for sale, for many years.

He was an immigrant from the Netherlands, via, New Zealand, before settling in Queensland and marrying his wife Margie in 1984.

Dubbed the 'Wildman of the Bush' Mr Spies became known for his avid paintings of Australian nocturnal wildlife.

In Gallery Three, Louise Eves will showcase her 'collective' exhibition, which ranges from animals and portraits to landscapes and seascapes.

She uses mixed media, acrylics, watercolours and pastels across her collection.

Ms Eves made a 'tree-change' to Kilkivan from the Sunshine Coast in 2017, and is excited to share her artworks with the South Burnett.

Artworks by the students at Cherbourg State School will be on display in the Kids Korner.

The official exhibition opening night will be on July 5 at 6pm, which will include wines from Crane's Winery and music played by Guy Davis.

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