INDIGENOUS ARTIST AND educator, Michael J Connolly, was a special guest at the exhibition.
INDIGENOUS ARTIST AND educator, Michael J Connolly, was a special guest at the exhibition.

Community admires fine art

DOZENS of art aficionados turned out to the Youth Art Exhibition on Saturday evening, to get a sample of the region's finest young and experienced painters, sculptors and even internationally-acclaimed musicians.

Winner of the School Leaver category, Chris Underwood, was ecstatic to win in his section.

“I was lucky enough to get first this year,” he said.

“I have got a variety of styles, as I am just starting out and I still do a lot of experimentation.

“I try out as many different styles as I can to get a feel for what I am comfortable with then I will find my own path in communicating visually.”

He said it is difficult to label his work in a particular genre.

“One of the pieces I submitted was surreal and cubist, but the one that came first was classical, ‘Best bonnet'.

Mr Underwood has just started a degree at Griffith University in a Bachelor of Multimedia and plans to take his art further as a career.

“It is a very broad degree so I can specialise in a lot of things,” he said.

“I would like to go into visual media focusing on design.

“We get to choose a major in second year, and at the moment I am looking along the lines of web design.”

Traditional indigenous artist Michael J Connolly was MC at the exhibition and made a heart-felt speech for the victims of the Lockyer Valley flood disaster.


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