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Neill Hooper, owner of Haven Espresso in Stafford Heights, is a great supporter of the local arts scene. Each month a local artist exhibits their work at his cafe, giving them exposure and creating a point of difference for his business. This also provides customers with a new experience each month - you certainly don't get that at every cafe!
During February visitors to Haven Espresso will be treated to the art of Max Butler whose landscape pieces are truly beautiful. Born and bred in Miles, this self-taught artist began exhibiting in Toowoomba and later in various exhibitions in Brisbane. These included his exhibits at the Ascot State School Art Show (Max was the Principal at this school for ten years). Max's paintings showcase our beautiful country - from the tropics in the north, our deserts, the picturesque lavender fields in Tassie, the ocean and our very own Darling Downs. A member of QAGOMA, the Artists' Guild of Australia and the Royal Queensland Art Society, Max Butler creates untitled landscapes using oils. He simply numbers each piece as it is painted, and refers to his collection very appropriately as "My Country".
To celebrate this exhibition, Haven Espresso would like to extend an "Opening Night" invitation to one and all. The opening is being held on February 6th and from 5.30pm you will be able to view Max's works whilst enjoying a glass of wine and canapés. The artist will be meeting and greeting at the event so why not come along to meet Max and become acquainted with his artwork. The good news is that this event is free with an opportunity to make a gold coin donation for those who wish to do so. What a great way to kick start your weekend!