Beryl's reativity bloomed in Gladstone

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au

BY SOME standards Beryl Wood is a johnny-come-lately to Gladstone, but not even the change from cold England to our semi-tropics served to daunt her spirit.

In fact, the hemisphere change appears to have sharpened her creativity and desire to be active in the community.

Beryl, now in her 70s, and husband Keith came to Gladstone straight from England with five children in 1983. A daughter had preceded them here.

Beryl is now a noted local artist. She is active in a local theatre group, a regular volunteer at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum and a participant in the holiday Sunfest program for children.

'No, I didn't paint in England ? I didn't take up art until I was in Gladstone at the age of 60,' she said.

Beryl has presented several outstanding exhibitions at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum and also in Sydney. Typically, she prefers to give credit to others.

'I was surprised at the number of talented people here in Gladstone ? I'm just happy to be part of it.

'And we have a lot to thank Pamela Whitlock (Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum curator and manager) for the art focus she has brought to Gladstone.'

Among her other activities, Beryl makes costumes for children or for stage productions.

'I make and lend costumes for productions and I dress up children and take them on visits to the elderly people in nursing homes.'

She is also a talented set designer.

Beryl is the founder of the local amateur group, The Bunbury Players, and is producing and directing the latest play Charley's Aunt, to be presented at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre on August 5 and 6.

Previously she directed such plays as The Importance of Being Earnest, and Arsenic and Old Lace.

Beryl is working on artistic landscape features for the Gladstone City Council's Library Square project in the City Heart.



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