Milly Hine with one of her Australian Bush paintings that feature in the forthcoming exhibition, Menagerie-Doo.
Milly Hine with one of her Australian Bush paintings that feature in the forthcoming exhibition, Menagerie-Doo. Contributed

Wildlife becomes art at exhibition

IF YOU love our Aussie animals and bright colours, then don't miss the chance to come and see the one-off Australia Wildlife Exhibition which showcases the amazingly colourful artwork of Gympie artist Milly Hine.

Inspired by her love of the Australian Bush and the animals that inhabit it, Milly has put together a collection of colourful original artworks and paintings which she calls Menagerie-doo.

In her childhood, Milly (like most Aussie kids) was intrigued by the books of May Gibbs and by the Muppet Show, both of which brought many types of characters to life.

"There were no rules. The crazier the better," Milly said.

This influence is very much evident in her work with each of her fanciful animal creations coming to life with its own distinct character, personality and mood.

A talented artist, puppet maker and performer, Milly has a pretty wild imagination as to what animals might get up to.

This too is reflected in her paintings.

The Menagerie-doo exhibition is not just paintings, it is T-shirts, cards, and household items and clothing inspired by Australian Wildlife.

It really is something not to be missed.

Menagerie-doo will be open to the public for a Sunday Arvo Shindig to be held on February 5 from 3.30pm-5pm, at 8 Lady Mary Tce, Gympie.

Go and enjoy a cuppa while you fall in love with each and every one of the colourful characters Milly has placed on display.

Entry is free.

If you are unable to go along on Sunday afternoon, the exhibition will run until February 16 and paintings can be viewed by appointment.

You can phone co-ordinator Kerri-Anne on 0409 078 634 to arrange a time.

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