Bundaberg Art Society’s self portraits on show

Bundaberg Art Society
Local artist at Bundaberg Art Society have been busy creating self-portraits that will be on display at the Portraits of Ourselves exhibition

Bundaberg Art Society members have been taking a long hard look in the mirror after being tasked with creating self-portraits for the Portraits of Ourselves exhibition.

The Portraits of Ourselves exhibition, open from July 13, will showcase 40 artworks with varying styles and mediums from water colours and pastels to mosaic art pieces and will be displayed at the Hazzard Gallery.

Bundaberg Art Society President Marilyn Batty is keeping the exhibition details under wraps as she said it was to be a surprise for the members to guess the artist of each piece on the opening night.

But she did say it was an open style and each piece would be different as it was dependant on how each artist interpreted themselves.

“It was a journey for the basics of art,” Marilyn said.

“As artist we had to get a mirror out and look at ourselves.”

As the artwork started to arrive at the gallery Marilyn said there was some really fun pieces created and the community would have to head along to check out the Portraits of Ourselves exhibition for more information.

Group has proud history

Bundaberg Art Society President Marilyn Batty
Bundaberg Art Society President Marilyn Batty is keeping the Portraits of Ourselves exhibition under wraps.

Marilyn said the Bundaberg Art Society was founded by a small group of art collectors 80 years ago and had a proud history of nurturing local talent.

She said there was about 70 members today ranging from beginners to international prize winners.

“We share our skills and often host workshops with professional artists in a range of mediums,” Marilyn said.

The Bundaberg Art Society is a not-for-profit local organisation and is always looking for new members to join.

Art workshops, including life drawing, are held each month along with fellowship and meetings, everyone is welcome.

Marilyn said The Hazzard Gallery was in the perfect location with the Bundaberg Woodworkers Guild and Bundaberg Pottery Group Association in the same place, at 95c Walker St.

“We find a lot of couples come along and the man will head over to the woodworkers and the woman will pop in to the pottery group or come and see us – it works well,” she said.

The Portraits of Ourselves exhibition is open to the public every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday 9am to noon, between 13 – 27 July.

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