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Great Australian Artist - Frank McCormick Exhibition
In the studio of painter Miss Else Aebi, Toowoomba's Art Club was established in 1925. The club's aim was to promote members education in pictorial art as well as fostering a friendly atmosphere and assisting members with valuable and expert advice. The primary emphasis at that time was on painting and drawing and membership was five shillings per annum.
Later the club became known as the Toowoomba Art Society (TAS) and was led by high-profile men such as Ralph Weppner and Herb Castens. In 1938, Queensland's first regional public art gallery was opened in the Toowoomba's City Hall.
After World War II, meetings, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, classes, field trips and exhibitions were held leading to members helping to organise The Chronicle Junior Art Competition in 1950. Nine years later, children's art classes were initiated to encourage young people of all age groups to participate in a satisfying and rewarding talent. After several moves to different locations in the '60s and '80s, a custom-built building was erected in April 2009.
Today, TAS offers a range of classes, regular Friday night exhibition openings, talks, functions, bus trips to galleries and other community groups the use of their facilities for a nominated price. Major annual fixtures are the Members' Exhibition at Carnival of Flowers each year and a mid-year Toowoomba Art Society/Chronicle Junior Art Expo.
Photo courtesy Toowoomba Art Society - Frank McCormick Exhibition
From Tuesday 2nd July through to Sunday 28th July 2019, TAS is exhibiting the work of Frank McCormick, who is a local Toowoomba artist. Frank hails from Cunnamulla and moved to Toowoomba in the 1970s. He enjoys creating Australian landscapes in oils, which probably stemmed by a country beginning. Frank has been exhibiting across South East Queensland for many years and has won several prizes in local shows. He completed three Master Class with well-known artist, John Wilson and has paintings in England, the United States and New Zealand.
Entry to the exhibition is FREE each day and although this exhibition opens on Tuesday 2nd July, the official opening will be on Saturday 6th July 2019 at 2.00pm. All works are for sale and EFTPOS will be available.