Exhibition celebrating artists with disabilities opens
Talent and imagination were proudly on show at the Gympie Regional gallery this morning at the official launch of the Together We Can art exhibition, a gallery created in celebration of Disability Action week and celebrating the work of artists with disabilities.
Displays a variety of works by established and emerging artists in the area, the gathered crowd was wowed by not only the extraordinary talent on show, but also grooved along live music and was treated to a sausage sizzle too.
Exhibition coordinator Roxanne MacGregor said the art was a wonderful form of self-expression for the artists, and it was great to have the opportunity to continue running.
"The exhibitions, we've been doing [them] for quite a few years now,” Ms MacGregor said.
"It's becoming a bit of a tradition, I guess, having an exhibition which can show off what people can do.”
She said the reaction to previous events was always really positive, and a great outcome for the artists.
"We usually sell a great deal of work, which is really nice.
"There's a couple of pieces I think have gone already today and hopefully it might be a sellout again.”
The exhibition is a wonderful chance for artists like Stephanie Robson to continue showing their work, which, she said, is driven by one very simple and clear goal.
"I just want to make people happy,” she said.
Despite her success, which includes having several other pieces of her work displayed in other disability support organisations throughout Gympie, Ms Robson laughed that there was still sometimes struggled with letting go of her work.
"People always want to buy it, and I don't want to sell it,” she said.
The Together We Can exhibition runs at the Gympie Regional Gallery from September 6-29, in gallery three.