Man’s best friend is the centrepiece of inspiration behind 45 local artworks in Bundaberg Art Society’s Spot the Dog exhibition.
Spot the Dog is open at the Hazzard Gallery for the next six weeks as part of the Studio Dog Art Trail.
The exhibition showcases 45 artworks from more than 30 local artist and has a little “Where’s Wally – try to find the dog” fun about it.
Bundaberg Art Society president Marilyn Batty said during this time of year the gallery would normally hold its launch into spring exhibition, but with the Studio Dog Art Trail about to start they decided to join the fun with pooch-inspired painting, drawings and creations.
“Some of the artworks on display here have dogs hidden in them, so you really have to look to ‘Spot the Dog’,” Marilyn said.
“Some have part of a dog, some are abstract, and you need to take a step back to see the dog.
“And of course, artist being artist have all had a good play with what they are good at and they’ve come up with some excellent pieces.”
Bundaberg Art Society members had about a month to come up with a piece to submit in the Spot the Dog exhibition.
Brenda Wilkinson said it was nice to take part as most people could relate to dogs in one way or another, so there was that instant connection.
“This is my puppy when he was beside the pool and he wouldn’t come in to the water, that’s why I called in Wary Charlie,” Brenda said.
“It took about four sessions to finish the pieces, I find once you get in to art it’s surprising how easy it is to keep going, and some mediums are easier than others.”
Brenda said she only decided to take up art at the age of 40, after she thought she needed to become passionate about some sort of hobby as she edged closer to retirement.
“I thought I had to find something that interested me, and it turns out it was painting,” she said.
“I’ve been a member for 11 years now, and I really enjoy the atmosphere and talented people that’s here.”
Marilyn said community members could pop in to the Hazzard Gallery on Walker Street to view the Spot the Dog exhibition on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9am to noon.
“A couple of Saturday’s we will also be open, along with potters next door, for the Dog Art Trail,” she said.
“It’s free entry, child friendly and group bookings like people from nursing homes, can be made after hours by contacting the gallery on 4154 3198.”
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