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Colleen Gardener Studio Gallery

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Published September 10th 2020
Not all artists wear berets
Queenslanders are being asked to support the COVID-19 effected economy by engaging in travel and tourist activities in locations all across the state. This is a task in which I am only too happy to comply.

Harrisville is a quaint country town, only an hour's drive from Brisbane, an hour from the Gold Coast, and only a little more from Toowoomba. The town is believed to be named after the Harris brothers - John Harris (18191895) and George Harris (18311891). They established a store and cotton ginnery in the area at the time when the American Civil War had created a worldwide shortage of the product.

There are numerous heritage sites within Harrisville, including 35 Queen Street, in the main street. This grand old Queenslander, circa 1908, was the former Royal Bank, affectionately known as "Bank House". These days it serves as the home and studio gallery of artist Colleen Gardener.

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"Bank House"

Ms Gardener is an impressionist/realist painter working with acrylic /oils, who paints plein air as well as studio work. She has won awards in photography, ceramics & art.

More importantly, Colleen Gardener is passionate about sharing her love of art and happily chatted with me about her work painting landscapes, to the extent that I felt I should try picking up a paintbrush, or at the very least a beret.

If you are out Harrisville way, drop in to view Colleen Gardener's gallery if the 'open' sign is out on the footpath or call to make an appointment on 07 5467 1227 or 0481 353 789.

You never know, you might even like to borrow my beret.

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When: Ring to check when open or email gardenerfineart1
Phone: 07 54671227 or 0481 353 789
Where: 35 Queen Street, Harrisville
Cost: Free Entry
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