A Naturalist’s Life: a response to the flora and fauna of the Western Downs
By Grace Lithgow and Karen Gaskell

John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery

24 August – 12 October 2019

A Naturalist’s Life showcases botanical drawings and hand painted ceramics from renowned Queensland naturalist and artist Grace Lithgow. The botanical drawings are a detailed record of the regions Acacia species and fascinating fungi to be found in the West – held in trust for the Western Downs community by the Lapunyah Art Gallery.

Hand painted ceramic collection will be on display by both Grace Lithgow and friend, Chinchilla Potter Karen Gaskell, illustrating the beauty of Chinchilla’s delicate wildlife, featuring both birds and flowers from the local area.  Together they remind us of the beautiful and diverse natural treasure on our own doorstep.

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Grace Lithgow | Aseroe rubra 1998 | Pen, ink and watercolour on paper | 17.5cm x 26.5cm

Outback Connections | Artwork and wearable art created from natural materials
By Ruby Purple

Curved Wall

24 August – 12 October 2019

Outback Connections is a body of work created in response to Ruby Purple’s Artists Residency at Curtin Springs Station in the Central Australian Desert in the Northern Territory. Ruby designs and creates artworks from natural grasses, paper and found materials.  She aims to bring awareness to the importance of preserving our natural world by capturing the fragility and strength of nature and it’s ever changing balance.

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Ruby Purple | The power of nature – spectacular landscapes 2019 | Native Kangaroo Grass, recycled and found materials, ink and charcoal | 45cm x 45cm