TRAVEL EXPERIENCE: Photo of a dingo taken on Fraser Island.
TRAVEL EXPERIENCE: Photo of a dingo taken on Fraser Island. Denise Keelan

Life experiences on display

THREE exhibitions will be showcased at Wondai Regional Art Gallery next month.

Artist Zane Stuart will hold the main gallery, with his Words Worthy exhibit.

The concept of this exhibit is based on how people experience events or scenes that can be distilled down to simple words or phrases.

Mr Stuart said he might have subconsciously based the idea on growing up with his father, who was a signwriter.

"There was always words being painted on sign panels in his workshops, so maybe that had a profound impact on me,” Mr Stuart said.

"As I went on to become a visual artist painting scenery, I've found I'm attracted to scenery that might have some sort of words or labelling in it.”

For example, one piece is a sign-panel displaying "white-line fever” which was based on Mr Stuart's experience watching travellers coming to Wondai on the highway.

Others are based on the way people use phrases to deal with traumatic events.

"There's a few social comments there like 'who's responsible' based on how some people are always looking to blame others for their misfortune,” Stuart said.

Meanwhile, photographer Denise Keelan will hold her first exhibition with a collection of photos taken on her travels over the past 12 months.

Ms Keelan has been taking photographs for 30 years, but this will be her first time putting a collection up for exhibition.

This photographs, displayed on canvases and acrylic glass prints, have been taken on travels around Australia and overseas.

"Most of them are Australian ones from Norfolk and Fraser Island, but there are some there as well from Canada and Alaska,” Ms Keelan said.

"I thought, I've got all these canvases, I might as well show them again.”

Horse photography is a favourite of Ms Keelan's.

Recently, she was at Wirrina Cove in South Australia taking photos at the Tom Quilty Gold Cup.

"It was cold, wet and windy. I actually spent most of the time taking photos on the course from in the car,” Ms Keelan said.

"I sat in the car with the horses coming towards me and the rain coming the other way.”

The third exhibit will be a collection of works from the Monday Artists' group.

The artists have been developing works and testing ideas for the past 10 years.

They regularly put together a collection of works to showcase.

There will also be a Kids Korner with works from Proston State School.

The free exhibition will remain at the gallery until Saturday, August 26.

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