Artist and parish volunteer Linda Stewart with some of the landscapes she painted for the exhibition. Photo Sophie Lester / Warwick Daily News
Artist and parish volunteer Linda Stewart with some of the landscapes she painted for the exhibition. Photo Sophie Lester / Warwick Daily News Sophie Lester

Southern Downs art on show at St Mark’s

WITH Warwick streets brimming with knitted artworks, one Rose City institution is taking creations inside.

Held at the Anglican Parish Hall, art@st.mark's has become a regular appearance on the Jumpers and Jazz festival calendar and a popular exhibition opportunity for local artists.

Artist and volunteer curator Linda Stewart entered four paintings into the exhibit, which will open from 9.30am tomorrow.

"I've been painting for all my life and for a short time around 2006 I worked for the art gallery as well," Mrs Stewart said.

"I primarily do painting and drawing rather than sculpture sort of stuff.

"I have two design pieces that are done in gouache, which is sort of a cross between water colour and acrylic paint, and two landscapes done with oils."

Mrs Stewart's four paintings are among close to 150 entries of 2D work, all curated according to their subject.

For the first time, art@st.mark's has accepted scultpure work and has collected 25 entries in the category.

"It's a really good place to exhibit for local artists in addition to the gallery, and for people to buy an original artwork for a good price," Mrs Stewart said.

"I like doing portraiture but I absolutely love the landscapes in the region as well - my two works are at Swanfels and Freestone, and it's always a bit of a challenge to capture the lighting and the mood.

"Plenty of artists have to diversify because they can't make a living from art. I work in aged care, which I do love, but Warwick has a really strong and supportive art community."

The main exhibition is free, and a $10 ticketed Meet the Artist event will be held on Saturday, from 4-6pm.



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