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Royal Queensland Art Society Annual Exhibition

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A month of beautiful art
If you like your art mostly traditional with a dash of funky and enjoy your days woven with class, the Royal Queensland Art Society Annual Exhibition is your go to event this August. You are not confined to anyone one date as the exhibition is unleashed from the 6th to the 31st of August. Of course, maybe the best part of all is that entry is absolutely free.

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Some of the curious work of Terry Summers. Courtesy of RQAS.

The Royal Queensland Art Society (RQAS) is Queensland's longest standing art society. The event will be celebrating their impressive 123rd anniversary as well as introducing their new gallery and headquarters in Paddington. The night will exhibit almost one hundred different artists and their latest paintings, sculptures and ceramics. The exhibition will be opened by the Governor of Queensland. Not too many galleries could beckon her presence. All artists will be hoping to share in the $5000 prize money to make them a little less starving. However, several of these artists are highly talented, renowned and award winning. I doubt their dinner plate is too unsatisfying.

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A piece by RQAS artist Helen Smerdon. From: www.rqas.com.au

All of the competition art pieces will be up for public sale during the exhibition. This is an excellent opportunity for those of you looking for decoration pieces or lovers of brilliant art. Some do come with wallet shrivelling price tags, however, others can be more affordable. It really just depends on that instant love you may have for piece. Some of the artists draw inspiration from the essence of Australia and the magnificence of its landscapes and curious wild life. However, the full spectrum of the gallery is very diverse so everyone is likely to find beauty somewhere.

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Scott Breton and his work. Courtesy of RQAS.

During the month free skill sharing sessions and other intriguing events have you on their guest list. These will include: a high-tea function with talks presented by the competition winners and guest artists (14th of August, Ekka holiday, at 2:00pm), a demonstration by Terry Summers (17th of August at 2:00pm), a digital painting techniques session with Mark Feiler (24th of August at 2:00pm) and a closing drinks and panel discussion event (28th of August from 7:00pm to 9:00pm). Terry Summers creates his art with only a glue-gun and a cutting tool to make waste cardboard sculptures. Be thankful these event are free because some of them could be considered priceless by a person of the arts. Even if you are not gifted with the brush or squirts of a glue gun, all events will be entertaining and you may just learn something gold.

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Work by RQAS artist Regina Dolan. From: www.rqas.com.au

The gallery will be open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00am to 3:30pm. If you want to know more about the gallery, the artists or the exhibition venture over to the RQAS website.
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Why? Buy beautiful art pieces or to enjoy a gallery with longevity
When: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00am to 3:30pm
Phone: 07 3367 1977
Where: 162 Petrie Terrace Paddington
Cost: Free
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