Art society set to celebrate 75 years

BUNDABERG Art Society is celebrating its 75th anniversary this weekend, with a special exhibition titled Looking Back, Moving Forward.

Art Society President Marilyn Batty said the exhibition, which will be officially opened this Friday at 6pm by former Bundaberg Councillor Janet Tallon, would feature works from private collections.

"Works by both past and present members, not publicly displayed since their sale many years ago, will be exhibited at Hazzard Gallery," Mrs Batty said.

"Some of the works have been released, for the Society's exclusive use this weekend, from private collections held as far afield as Sydney.

"We have many talented artists in the Society whose works will be on display, including the likes of major art prize winners Ann Grocott, Helene Grove and the late Ray Peek.

"Artists will no doubt enjoy the opportunity to reminisce and critique some of their early works."

Mrs Batty said the Bundaberg Art Society had a proud history and a long future ahead of it.

"Bundaberg Art Society was founded by a small group of art collectors in 1939, with Egmont Schmidt as President. Today we have more than 70 members, and hold regular workshops, events and exhibitions. New members are always welcome," she said.

Mrs Batty thanked Mrs Tallon for officiating what will be a very important milestone event for the Society.

"Janet was instrumental in helping the Society maintain links with Government; she ran the Bundaberg Arts Festival for many years and was pivotal in the establishment of BRAG," Mrs Batty said.

'Looking Back, Moving Forward' will be open to the public at Hazzard Gallery on Walker Street between 10am and 3pm this Saturday and Sunday (September 20 and 21).

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