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Prismatic Pachyderms Exhibition at Gympie Art Gallery

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A Passion for Painting and Pachyderms
Did you know a pachyderm is a very large mammal with a thick skin like a hippopotamus, rhinoceros and of course, the wonderful elephant? Did you also know that elephants are endangered?

Central Queensland artist Sarah Larsen has developed a love for the endearing giants and has used her artistic talent to draw us into their world which has surprising similarities to children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The exhibition statement says it is "designed to highlight the experience of children living with ASD and to help encourage the wider community in their understanding of ASD. Both elephants and people coping with ASD suffer from copious amounts of anxiety and require their family herd to help them navigate through life. By using the elephant as the exhibition's totem, it also highlights the plight of this endangered species on our planet."

The best bit about this exhibition is the amazing artwork both abstract and realistic. Even if you have no knowledge of ASD, you will appreciate Sarah's wonderful talent. have to admit one of my favourites was the mother and baby elephant. You also have to see the amazing Rosie. I won't spoil the surprise but she just might be the star of the show.

There is an accompanying children's book available for sale which includes illustrations by Sarah, of the cutest baby elephants you have ever seen. The exhibit also incorporates interactive children's activities and artwork to give the kids an introduction to art and ASD.

Sarah Larsen Prysmatic Pachyderms
Sarah Larsen's Prysmatic Pachyderms

If you have an interest in art, elephants or ASD, you'd best be getting along to the Gympie Art Gallery before 23 February 2019 to see this exhibition. It is a delight.
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Why? Free art exhibition with fun activities for kids
When: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm
Phone: (07) 5481 0733
Where: 39 Nash Street, Gympie
Cost: Free
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