Head of Wide Bay TAFE visual arts Henry Breikers with works by Michelle Robb titled Triple Goddess – the maiden, the mother and the crone.
Head of Wide Bay TAFE visual arts Henry Breikers with works by Michelle Robb titled Triple Goddess – the maiden, the mother and the crone. Alistair Brightman

Art with heart strikes chord

IT HAS been one of the most successful Wide Bay TAFE exhibitions since they first started in 1992, with 15 artworks sold so far.

Head of the TAFE’s visual arts department, Henry Breikers, is not sure why the 2009 exhibition has been such a hit but is quick to attribute it to students’ talents and the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery.

“They have been works that have struck a chord with audiences for whatever reason.

“The way the gallery has displayed them is exceptional.”

The artwork ranges in theme and materials however they are all 2D, including print making, drawing, painting and mixed media.

Some students, such as the talented Nikki Carter, have used pen and ink on paper and verge on the fantastical. Ms Carter’s Unlucky 2-5 and Minute of Decay 1 and 2 show definite skill and patience.

So do the works of Cheryl Mercer with her clever collograph on paper, Pufferfish, and drypoint on paper, Food Chain. Tahlia Henderson also draws art lovers into her Indian Elephant to study the detailed lines in the delicate print.

Gallery director Marj Sullivan believes the exhibition provides a good opportunity for the students to show their works in a professional environment and is also good for professional development.

Ms Sullivan and Mr Breikers agree it is also positive for the artists to take their works through to the selling stage.

Local buyers have bought more than $1700 worth of art.

The exhibition, MAP, and Workshops 2009, a display of glass pieces, prints, paintings and sculptures created by students through regional workshops, will close on Saturday.



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