Talented local Hinchinbrook Shire artists, Albert Smith and Barbara Horsley, have joined forces to put on an exhibition of their works at the TYTO Regional Art Gallery, 73-75 McIlwraith Street, Ingham.
The official opening was held last night, where Hinchinbrook Shire Councillor, Andrew Cripps, launched the exhibition with a tribute to Albert and Barbara, describing them as ‘stalwarts’ of the local art community.
Cr Cripps said he had known Barbara Horsley and Albert Smith for many years and had always admired their dedication to ensuring the district had a vibrant and lively arts community.
“We are fortunate to have the TYTO Regional Arts Gallery available to show exhibitions from both visiting and local artists and I encourage people to go along and see Barbara and Albert’s work” said Cr Cripps.
“The diversity of the talents of these two artists exhibits how each medium – pastel and pen and ink - can complement each other in different ways, providing a variety of experiences for people viewing these works” he said.
Cr Cripps said "A Stroll Through Pastel and Pen” could be viewed at the TYTO Regional Art Gallery from the 2 March to 31 March 2019, and is open daily from 10am to 4pm.
Barbara Horsley recently completed a mural at the Forrest Beach State School with funding secured through the Regional Arts Development Fund.
Her works in this exhibition mainly focus on her well-earned reputation for paintings of landscapes and flora, and her drawings of prominent and characterful buildings.
Albert Smith recently won 1st prize in the painting section of the 2018 Birdlife Art Awards, also held at the TYTO Regional Art Gallery, and is well known for expressing his love of animals in his artwork.
His works in this exhibition mainly focus on his favourite fauna, Australian birds or all shape and sizes, but also includes a number of portraits of different dog breeds.
Cr Cripps nominated the portraits of “Blossom” and “Honey” and the pastel work “Looking for Breakfast” as his favourite works in the exhibition by Albert Smith.
He also nominated “Allingham Flora” and drawings of the Townsville Railway Station and Queens Hotel Townsville as his favourite exhibition works by Barbara Horsley.