SPECIAL: Valerie Herzog and Sue Daw with some of Sue’s papier mâché chooks.
SPECIAL: Valerie Herzog and Sue Daw with some of Sue’s papier mâché chooks. Laura Mckee

Friendship that inspired exhibition worth clucking about

SOME people show their appreciation of a friendship through gifts and flowers, but Sue Daw uses art to express gratitude for her friend Val.

Sue Daw and Val Herzog, who have been pals for 33 years, first met at Val's acreage in the Northern Territory where emus, horses, cats, ducks, birds and all sorts of animals lived.

Sue, a water colour artist from Calliope, was in awe of how much Val loved each of her animals, all of whom she named.

Two months ago, Sue decided to create a series of papier mache and torn paper painting artworks of the animals and display them at an exhibition dedicated to Val.

Val's Menagerie was officially opened at the Cedar Gallery in Calliope on Saturday by MP Liz Cunningham. The exhibition runs until June 9.

"I'm really content with the way it's turned out," Sue said.

The artworks are for sale, and from pink and brown polka-dotted pigs to guinea fowl and a donkey called Peppi, are all intriguing.

Mrs Cunningham was impressed, even buying The Spicegirls goat painting.

"Sue's really captured the separate identities of the animals; the pigs are smart and the goats are devious," Mrs Cunningham said.



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