Artists Rosemary Anderson (left) and Irene Sparks have combined their talents to pen and illustrate The Biggest Brush Turkey Nest in the History of the Tondoon Botanic Gardens, to be launched on Friday, August 13.
Artists Rosemary Anderson (left) and Irene Sparks have combined their talents to pen and illustrate The Biggest Brush Turkey Nest in the History of the Tondoon Botanic Gardens, to be launched on Friday, August 13. Kelli Downey

Collaboration of great minds

LOCAL artists Rosemary Anderson and Irene Sparks have put pen and paintbrush to paper with great success.

The duo will on Friday, August 13, unveil their very first storybook The Biggest Brush Turkey Nest in the History of the Tondoon Botanic Gardens.

An environmental storybook and a project supported by the Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens through RADF funding, the tale of how the book evolved is almost as interesting as the story itself.

Penned by Tannum Sands sculptor Rosemary Anderson, the book features the stunning watercolour illustrations of local artist and art teacher Irene Sparks.

It was a project originally designed to accompany Ms Anderson’s Brush Turkey art installation, made from recycled metal and corrugated iron, within the gardens’ Visitor Centre and unknowingly became so much more.

“I wrote a little story about the installation to link it (the sculpture’s elements) all together,” Ms Anderson said.

“I approached Irene to do the illustrations and it just grew like topsy.”

Tondoon Botanic Gardens Visitor Services officer Merilyn Haigh said a wonderful interpretative expedition celebrating the Brush Turkey Story and the environment of the Tondoon Botanic Gardens would be on show in the Visitor Centre by artist Rosemary Anderson.

The launch will be held at 3pm in the gardens’ Visitor Centre.



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