Depicting the journey from devastation to renewal from the Woodgate Beach fire, Childers artist Alice McLaughlin’s latest exhibition is a series of artworks produced with inspiration taken from a year of regeneration in the region.
The exhibition opens to the public at the Gin Gin Courthouse Gallery from Tuesday 4 May, with an official opening and chance to meet the artist on Saturday 8 May at 2pm.
The Childers artist explained that a trip to Woodgate after the fires was the inspiration behind the exhibition.
She said she now had an appreciation of just how close the fires went to homes and the anxiety that would have been felt throughout the bush.
“I went to Woodgate after the fires had been down there and I was so shocked at how it looked and how much it had burned so close to the homes,” Alice said.
“I went home determined to paint it.
“All of the pieces of artwork in the exhibition tie together to tell the story of the region coming back from the devastation left by the fires.”
The exhibition shows the dramatic contrast and change that occurred over time, from the black and white burned landscape through to the beginning of regeneration of nature and the first new green shoot.
Completing the exhibition took Alice just over one year and is made up of more than 20 paintings and six clay sculptures.
The exhibition was recently displayed in Brisbane and was well received by all who viewed it.
Admission to the exhibition is free.