Dorothy Devine, Taylor Devine and Karina Devine model the hats with Pat and Tom Benkendorff and Rita Crawford.
Dorothy Devine, Taylor Devine and Karina Devine model the hats with Pat and Tom Benkendorff and Rita Crawford. Emma Channon

Festive flair in Flash exhibition

HATS, paintings, jewellery, wearable items and other pieces - all made by crafty local artists - will be on display for just one day tomorrow.

The 'Flash' exhibition invites all members and volunteers of the Warwick Art Gallery to bring in their pieces of art to be displayed alongside each other.

The exhibition is turning into an annual event, with this year marking the second of its kind.

Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine - who will be displaying her beautiful jewellery pieces tomorrow - said the concept was a great way to bring the group of artists together.

"It's nice to see what other people are working on," Ms Devine said.

"We might see one of the volunteers knitting at the desk but it's better to see the finished product.

"It's about sharing ideas and getting positive feedback on things you do in your spare time. Last year we discovered some amazing pieces of art from people we didn't know existed."

Among the exhibiting artists are Rita Crawford and her beautiful hats, Pat and Tom Benkendorff and their paintings, Sue Marshman and her Japanese knitting 'amigurumi' and Sheridan Webb's jewellery.

There will also be arts and crafts stations for children all day, where they can make Christmas decorations and live music for all visitors.

Among the performers will be Phil Vellacott and some Warwick State High School talent.

Ms Devine said she was looking forward to the second annual exhibition following last year's success.

"We are definitely looking at continuing it and it's been a dream to organise," she said.

"We've already had a few inquiries from people about when it's going to be on again."

The Flash exhibition will open from 9.30am to 4pm tomorrow at the Warwick Art Gallery and out in the garden. Three tents will be put up and the exhibition will be held even if it rains.

Most items will be available to purchase while some will be only for display purposes.


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