Artist Chris Harrison gives a talk about her exhibition We Are All One Under The Skin now showing at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery.
Artist Chris Harrison gives a talk about her exhibition We Are All One Under The Skin now showing at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery. Alistair Brightman

Artist praises kids' workshops in visit to Bay gallery

ARTIST Chris Harrison thinks we should bottle the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery children's workshops and promote the idea around Australia.

The Blue Mountains-based artist is exhibiting her work at the gallery and was enthusiastic about the children's workshops she hosted on Saturday.

She was impressed by the behaviour of about 10 children under the age of 10 who worked non-stop for two hours in the morning session.

"They were polite and they loved art and they were no trouble because they loved art," Ms Harrison said. "Now, I've not seen that before."

Then about 23 teens arrived for the afternoon session.

"Usually adolescent kids around 14, well, they're not that hugely enthusiastic to sit down flat for two hours and work in art," she said.

"But this lot worked non-stop - in fact I'd describe them as hyper-manic - but they were really well behaved. Whatever Hervey Bay is doing, and I've not seen it anywhere else, I think you ought to bottle it (and) blueprint it.

"I think you could use it as something that could be circulated around galleries and promoted around galleries because schools desperately need art.

"At the moment, education is focusing on technology outcomes and creativity, I'm afraid, is taking a big dive.

"So what Hervey Bay's got here, please go for it, put it around Australia."

On Sunday morning, adult visitors to the gallery heard Ms Harris and fellow artist Sunshine Coast-based June McCotter, who is exhibiting landscape paintings at the gallery, talk about their inspirations and techniques.

Ms Harrison's exhibition of pen and ink works titled We Are All One Under the Skin and Ms McCotter's Salubrious Arenas will be on show until June 30.



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