Local artist shortlisted with Australia’s finest

LOCAL artist Ian Gunn's work titled "Weekend Worship" was selected among 40 finalists from over 300 entries across Australia for the JADA - the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award.

The exhibition officially opens at the Gympie Regional Gallery tomorrow night at 6pm for a 6.30pm start and features a who's who of Australian artists.

The exhibition is a toured by the Grafton Regional Gallery and promotes innovation and excellence in Australian drawing.

On display are artworks that push the boundaries of what is normally perceived as a drawing should be and features drawings in a variety of media, animation and sculptural works.

For example, Miles Hall won the 2012 JADA, receiving a $15,000 in prize money for his drawing entitled "Eyes closed …feeling for Noon and Night".

The work was started with his eyes closed and was done directly with his fingers, applying graphite powder to a surface prepared with white oil pastel. Mile's process records his movements combining touch and vision.

A number of public programs have been planned to complement the exhibition. "I Can't Draw" journal drawing launches on Wednesday May 7 at 3.30pm; a life drawing session on Thursday May 15 from 5.30 - 7.30pm; school visits form May 20 - 30; a tiny tots artplay session on Friday May 30 from 10 - 11am; Pushing the Boundaries of Drawing workshops by exhibiting artist Ian Gunn on Saturday May 31, and June 7, 14 and 21, from 9am - 1pm each day; and a Plein Air Drawing Day on Sunday June 8 from 9am - 4pm.

 For more information on any events, phone 5481 0733 or call in to 39 Nash St.

The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award exhibition continue to Saturday June 21 at the Gympie Regional Gallery with opening hours from 10am - noon, Tuesday to Saturday.

New exhibition

With a Chinese Brush is an exhibition of Chinese brush paintings by artist Christine Brassington, officially opening tomorrow, from 6pm. These paintings are in the Xie Yi style that suggests, rather than states. The exhibition will continue until Saturday, May 17.

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