It was hardly Spring weather when we drove in to Pittsworth to follow up an initial communication from Janine Potter to meet and learn about the Spring Art Exhibition. However, the smiles and yarns of the volunteers at the Art Gallery soon warmed us up. Here was most certainly the Seat of Knowledge for the town.
The Gallery lies just off the main street in Short Street, and the stalwart volunteers felt that its location was perhaps a little bit of a challenge for visitors to find sometimes. It holds an interesting role in the town’s life. Doubling up as the Information Centre, the Pittsworth Art Gallery hosts a variety of events, exhibitions, classes and guest artists and tutors, such as John Wilson, to cater for the interests and talents of the active and very progressive Pittsworth Art Group.
Some volunteers have been involved in the running of the group as originals for twenty plus years and the weekly roster keeps the cogs turning on a daily basis from 10am to 1pm to be able to put on events such as this annual Spring Art Exhibition. Husband and wife team of Jean and Max Caesar were only too pleased to share the information about the Gallery and show us the wide range of art styles of the various members. Max’s background of training at the National Art School in Sydney holds him in good stead. His art captures the love of the country life he always came back to over the years. Jean’s work reflects her very different style and gentle colour palette.
The great variety of group activities and quality of the works can be found on the Pittsworth Art Group Inc fb page showing how the group is catering for all ages and tastes. The wall mural on the corner of Short Street near the roundabout proudly reflects the traditions and culture of the town and its surrounding agricultural heritage.
As other regular group members popped in, we could see the heart of the place beat proudly as the different art pieces were shared. A fine range of quality pieces of art, pottery, jewellery, 3D art and craft will be on display from 4th September to 10th October. What a happy way to welcome Spring to town. Such a short drive from Toowoomba and its Spring Carnival of Flowers or from Warwick – such a worthwhile adventure!
You can see what other attractions we visited in Pittsworth in our Seat of Knowledge Series blog.
Another great blog from Molly B