For the last two years Patricia (Ginger) Deller-Smith and Kym Connell have been studying towards their Diploma of Visual Arts at Wide Bay TAFE as well as attending many workshops of varying art forms. One of their goals was finally realized in July this year when they were awarded their Diploma.
Along the way a wonderfully diverse collection of art unfolded and the idea for "An Apple For The Teacher" exhibition was born.
This exhibition will feature many forms of art, painting, clay sculpture, printmaking, mosaic and glass work. The work is diverse and shows their different ways of looking at things as well as their skills and talent.
As well as the TAFE course they have also attended leadlighting classes with renowned Glass Artist from Childers, Nerrielle dobbs. Pieces of this work may also be seen.
The Childers Art Group was another source of inspiration both from the very active emebers of the group and from classess by local artist Alice McLaughlin, in pastel for Kym and clay sculpture for the pair.
Both have also attended the McGregor Summer Schools at University of Southern Queensland. For Kym clay sculpture with taught by Sunshine Coast hinterland sculptor Janna Pameijer and for Ginger print making with Grahame Marchant and Bernhardhine Meuller who are both from Sydney.
Although they have each trod the same path there have been a few side tracks and each has looked in different directions only to come back together to complete the journey. They have added their journals, some sketches and preliminary work to help explain the process and they hope you enjoy following their journey.