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The shores of Gallipoli are a long way from the waters of Redcliffe, but an exhibition in April at st baker studio and gallery is set to bring them closer. The exhibition will showcase Jo St Baker's 'Boys Grow up to be Men' and 'If Today Were Different' series of works, as well as a bold art project - The Partners of Veterans Uncovered Quilt Exhibition – which is being run by the Redcliffe Support Group of the Partners of Veterans Association Qld Inc.
Woodcut carvings from the 'Boys Grow up to be Men' series of works. Credit: Jo St Baker
In January 2010, Jo opened st baker studio and gallery at Mon Komo Hotel in Redcliffe. Her 'Boys Grow up to be Men' series of works includes large woodcut carvings on ply of male forms, three of which carry gossamer wings. Their muscular, yet ethereal quality remind us of both the strength of those who serve our country, as well as the fragility of life. In recognition of Anzac Day, one of the male forms bears the 'rising sun' symbol on his shoulder.
Detail of 'rising sun' on woodcut carving. Credit: Jo St Baker
Another of Jo's art series, titled 'If Today Were Different', features drawings of army boots set on colourful backgrounds.
From the 'If Today Were Different' series of works. Credit: Jo St Baker
The Partners of Veterans Uncovered Quilt Exhibition aims to raise awareness by merging stories and experiences of partners of veterans and their families from 1915 to 2015. Blocks of fabric featuring intimate details such as handwritten letters have been sewn together for this collaborative quilt project.
7 of the 14 members from the Partners of Veterans Association Queensland Inc. Redcliffe Support Group. Credit: P.V.A. Qld Inc. Redcliffe Support Group
The quilt, which has been completed for the centenary of the Gallipoli landing, will be unveiled at st baker studio and gallery on 25 April 2015 at 1PM. After display at st baker studio and gallery, the Partners of Veterans Uncovered Quilt Exhibition will tour Australia until December 2015.