Some of Kate Baker and April Spadina’s artwork.
Some of Kate Baker and April Spadina’s artwork. Contributed

Exhibition aims to make people smile and laugh

ANIMALS are on the loose at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery but they don't bite.

Mother and daughter duo Kate Baker and April Spadina have a humorous collection of animals in their exhibition Menagerie.

April creates two-dimensional works on canvas while Kate utilises papier-mache to create her works.

Based in Maryborough, April has participated in a number of group and solo exhibitions and her artwork is light hearted and often humorous.

"We wanted to create an exhibition that makes people smile, laugh and see the fun side of art," she said.

"Both mum and I love animals and so it was a natural progression."

Kenilworth-based artist Kate Baker has been experimenting for years across many different mediums.

Her long-standing love of dogs has inspired many of her creations and she has received numerous commissions to create replicas of people's pets.

Senior cultural officer Nicole McBride is enjoying having colourful creatures at the gallery.

"It is delightful to walk into the gallery each day and be greeted by this colourful collection of animals," she said.

"Each creature has a unique personality that leaps out of the artwork at you.

"The public response to the exhibition has been really positive - people just can't stop smiling and I think it's fantastic to have an exhibition that can be appreciated by people from all walks of life."

Members of the public are invited to the official opening on Friday, February 7. at 6pm at the gallery.

Finger food will be provided and the artists will be there.

In the main gallery husband and wife duo Vibeke and Graham Voller's vibrant abstract and expressionist works are on display.

Both artists have been exhibiting for many years and demonstrate their experience and unique understanding of texture and colour through the creation of large-format abstract works that explore the spiritual and physical worlds.

Councillor for cultural and performing arts Phil Truscott said it was wonderful to be able to showcase local artists.

"We are fortunate to have artists like the Vollers bringing their passion and talent to the region for all to enjoy," he said.

Both exhibitions officially open on Friday and will run for six weeks.