Charcoal artist April Spadina at Urangan's Bayswater Hotel with her work titled Sunshine is my Favourite Flavour.
Charcoal artist April Spadina at Urangan's Bayswater Hotel with her work titled Sunshine is my Favourite Flavour. Alistair Brightman

Regional gallery booked out so pub plays host to artworks

ANYONE who believes pubs are just for a game of pool or a pint hasn't been to Urangan's Bayswater Hotel of late.

With the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery booked up until 2015, the Bayswater was contacted by the gallery's curator, Nicole McBride, who asked the hotel if they would be keen to do an exhibition for an artist every month.

Bayswater marketing manager Tanya Young loved the idea and the first artist to feature at the hotel was Ms McBride herself, a talented photographer in her own right.

That was last month; this month charcoal artist April Spadina's works are on display in the dining area of the Bayswater.

The hotel hosts an opening night for their artist before the works go on display and several of Ms Spadina's artworks have already sold.

The Hervey Bay artist loves animals, which inspires a lot of her work.

She also enjoys working with charcoal because it allows her to "get messy" while creating art, she says.

Next in line is artist Leigh West, followed by Hervey Bay photographer Adam Marlow.

Ms Young encouraged anyone interested in displaying an art collection to contact the regional gallery to find out more information.



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