Artists Susie Lewis from Toogoom and Hayley Groves George from Maryborough with their Vessel exhibition at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery.
Artists Susie Lewis from Toogoom and Hayley Groves George from Maryborough with their Vessel exhibition at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery. Alistair Brightman

Guess how many paper clips are used in installation

FRASER Coast Tafe graduates are showcasing their artistic talents at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery in their exhibition and 12-month project Vessel.

According to the two artists, Hayley Groves George and Susie Lewis, Vessel is about following your dreams, connecting with yourself and nature, and pushing past the tough times.

Artist and university student Susie Lewis said she had drawn inspiration from her own experiences for her work.

"I had a really low point in my life which forced me to soul search and get to the bottom of who I really am," Ms Lewis said.

"My installation piece is about how your body is your vessel that takes you through the tough times but you can go beyond that and rise above it."

Tafe graduate and mother Hayley Groves George said her pieces were inspired by her connection with wildlife.

"I'm a country girl and I have a strong bond with animals and the wilderness," Ms Groves George said.

"So my pieces are about the bond between humans and animals in spirit."

The two artists have decided to raise funds through their exhibition for the Starlight Children's foundation which helps sick kids remember what it's like to be a kid.

Ms Lewis said the Starlight foundation's mission fit in well with the exhibition.

"The foundation helps sick kids follow their dreams and make them come true," she said.

"They say that fun beats fear and we (Hayley and I) love that, because we're both mums and I'm a grandma."

Ms Lewis explained the exhibition would be fundraising in two different ways.

"People can purchase a 'wish bubble' which they can write their dreams down on and attach them to our dream-catcher installation and they money from that will go to Starlight," she said.

"People can also guess how many paper clips are used in the installation (Home) as another fundraiser - I'll give you a hint, it's more than 28,500."

The exhibition is now open at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery and will up on display until May 10, some artwork is for sale.



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