Mates show two views of Europe in Gladstone exhibition

Exhibition artists and best friends, Beryl Wood and Leanne Cole. Image by EH. Gallaher
Exhibition artists and best friends, Beryl Wood and Leanne Cole. Image by EH. Gallaher

BEST mates gone AWOL is the theme of a new exhibition in Gladstone.

Gladstone Girls Go AWOL, an exhibition and collaborative project by Beryl Wood and Leanne Cole, opens at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum on Saturday at 2pm

In 2012 both ladies discovered they would be separately travelling Europe at about the same time.

Being close friends they decided to meet up in Venice at St Mark's Square for a coffee and a catch up.

"We were so excited and giggling like school girls," Cole said.

Sadly due to events out of their control this meet-up never came to fruition, however, upon returning to Gladstone the pair combined their paintings for a joint exhibition of all the people and places they saw while on their travels aboard.

"Leanne and I have been friends for some 15 years and I always enjoy working with her," Wood said.

"Whilst we have very different styles of painting, I know that we both respect each other's work."

Wood first picked up a paintbrush at the age of 50, while Leanne has been practicing her art since about the age of 10.

"I first met Beryl in Helen Mangan's art class many years ago," Cole said.

"Since then we have painted buses together, shared Sunfest activities and had a joint exhibition in Biloela.

"We are the best of friends and I love her to bits."

Gladstone Girls Go AWOL showcases over 50 artworks by the women as well as other knickknacks, souvenirs, photos and diary entries from their 2013 European travels.

It will be on display until June 21.



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