BRILLIANT EXHIBITION: Una Webber and Jeannie Sturt will open their African Safari exhibition at Cedar Galleries on Saturday.
BRILLIANT EXHIBITION: Una Webber and Jeannie Sturt will open their African Safari exhibition at Cedar Galleries on Saturday. Mike Richards

Art exhibition brings African safari to life

AFRICA will come alive in Gladstone, when Jeannie Sturt and Una Webber's African safari-themed art exhibition opens at the Cedar Galleries.

The pair are experienced artists and were inspired by photographs taken in Africa by Una's daughter Yolande and Jeannie's friends.

"I just felt I had to paint them," Jeannie said of the photos.

She and Una shared photographs and began to paint for an exhibition they are now incredibly proud of.

Una's interest in art began six years ago because she wanted to paint dead trees.

After numerous arts classes from charcoal to basic art and water colour, she decided her preferred medium was pastels and water colour.

The pair met at various classes and exhibition and shared a common interest in making art.

"I started painting about 14 years ago by doing folk art, painting chickens and ducks on anything that didn't move including cupboard doors, bread bins …" Jeannie said.

To extend her knowledge Jeannie has taken part in mixed media, oil, acrylic, and various other style workshops.

"I would have never thought that painting ducks, chickens and the like would lead to this brilliant exhibition," she said.

The exhibition opens tomorrow at 3pm and runs throughout September.

"Many an hour has been spent painting animals in various scenes… but there are many more hours of painting to be done, but that's another story," Una said.



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