Call for young artists

YOUTH art will be on display in Gatton at a special exhibition that has been a long time in the making.

Youngsters are invited to enter the third annual Gatton Youth Art Exhibition.

To be held in the town's shire hall on Saturday, February 19, the event is sponsored by the International Food Emporium.

The brain-child of Food Emporium owner Regina Samykanu, the exhibition has already attracted a number of entries from overseas artists as well as from the University of Southern Queensland.

“Although entries are starting to come in, we are still hoping for many more from local artists,” Ms Samykanu said.

“I thought of postponing the event because of the recent disastrous floods, but decided to continue with it to help people move on.”

One local artist who is eager to participate is 18-year-old Laidley resident Chris Underwood.

“I've held a life-long interest in art,” he said.

“That interest developed even further at high school because of my teacher's encouragement, and I was fortunate to win a Laidley Art Society Year 12 award.”


Public viewing will commence at 9am to 1pm and the Gala Wine and Cheese evening will kick off at 7pm with entertainment to announce the winners of the People's Choice Awards.

Ms Samykanu is also excited about visiting artist, Michael J. Connolly from Charleville at the exhibition.

“Michael is a descendant of the Kullilla tribe from the Thargomindah/Eulo region and from the Muruwari People from Goodooga/Brewarrina region of north-west New South Wales,” she said.

“Together with this rich indigenous background and unique style of interpretation of his cultural heritage, Michael has been able to represent a unique perspective in the visual and performing arts.”

Entry forms and further details regarding the youth art exhibition are available from the International Food Emporium, 50 Railway Street, Gatton, or by phoning 0403 336 699.

For bookings or more information contact Regina on 5462 3701.

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