EXHIBITION: Terri Lewis (from Elements Art group) with serviceman Allan Gibbs. They are holding a portrait of Meridith Cobb, one of the servicewomen who has had her portrait done for the 1 in 100 One Hundred Years of Service exhibition.
EXHIBITION: Terri Lewis (from Elements Art group) with serviceman Allan Gibbs. They are holding a portrait of Meridith Cobb, one of the servicewomen who has had her portrait done for the 1 in 100 One Hundred Years of Service exhibition. Mike Knott BUNPORTRAIT

Exhibit to honour local veterans

ONE hundred of Bundaberg's servicemen and women will have their faces proudly displayed on the walls of the Bundaberg RSL and PCYC as part of an exhibition to honour the region's veterans.

Working with the Bundaberg RSL Sub-Branch, Elements Art will showcase 1 in 100 - One Hundred Years of Service with the unique portraits to be displayed prior to Remembrance Day.

Artist Terri Lewis said the exhibition was a first for the region.

"The veterans range from 27 years old to 97 years of age," she said.

"I think that it is a great way to give back to our veterans who have given so much to us, and to show them that we still care about them and we appreciate their service and sacrifice they made to make us the free country that we are."

Ex-Navy serviceman Allan Gibbs is participating in the exhibition and said he was proud to have his portrait on display.

"I think it is a great idea that goes towards a good cause," he said.

"I have a family background in the Defence Force so anything I can do to showcase that is perfect."

At the closure of the exhibition, all 100 portraits will be presented to the Bundaberg RSL Sub-Branch as a gift for each of the individual servicemen and women.

"On Remembrance Day, each of the veterans will be receiving their portrait by Kevin Lofty-Wendt OAM BEM, who served in the Australian Army for 30 years, rising to the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major of the Australia Army," Mr Lewis said.

Ms Lewis said Elements Art was excited to be holding the unique exhibition in Bundaberg.

""It has been an amazing experience," she said.

"I have met so many wonderful veterans who just love to talk about their story. Some of them are quite cheeky."

Public viewing of the exhibition will be available at the Coral Sea Function Room, Bundaberg RSL on Saturday, October 31 from 10am to 9pm and again at the PCYC from November 5 to 8 from 10am to 4pm.

Ms Lewis said Elements Art was still looking for sponsors for some of the portraits.

If you would like to sponsor the event, please contact Jacky Poulter on 0419792457.



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