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Looking Glass exhibit displays over 100 local art pieces

More than 100 pieces of local art from the Logan West Community Art Share Alliance were put on display at the Looking Glass CASA Exhibit of Children and Adult Pieces at the Browns Plains Library on November 27. 

Mediums of art on display include clay, hebel, glass, printing, art, wheel, and flow painting produced by artists young and old at the Art Share Alliance.

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Logan West Community Artshare Alliance president Steven Watson said the display was free for the public to view at the library from December to February 2022.

“Some are current, some are a couple of years old,” he said.

Every art medium on display can be taught to the public by fully qualified teachers at the Logan West Community Art Share Alliance.

“We do classes every week for anyone in the community who wants to come and learn all the various forms of art,” Mr Watson said.

“It’s stress-relieving; something you can just sit down, relax and enjoy.”

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Logan West Community Art Share Alliance secretary and tutor facilitator Marnie Flood has pottery pieces on display at the Looking Glass exhibit.

She also specialises in graphite drawings and botanical paintings.

“I also study butterflies, so I use a bit of mixed media for collaging butterflies,” she said.

Marnie has been doing art since she was very young and teaches graphite drawing and water-colour painting at the Artshare Alliance on Monday nights. 

“I’ve been doing the pottery classes, teaching pottery and learning about pottery since 2000,” she said.

“I enjoy the teaching side; it’s good for therapy as well for both adults and children.

“For myself, it’s a unique skill, and it gives me great pleasure.”

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Marnie said art was a great way to build connections in the community.

“It’s giving everybody a sense of belonging in the community,” she said.

“When they see their artwork displayed all together it gives them the confidence to know where their values are, and they can share their achievements with other people,” she said.

Looking Glass

Artshare Alliance treasurer Sherrie Austin created many of the glass and clay designs at the Looking Glass, including the big-eyed clay girls.

Sherrie initially started doing art more than 20 years ago.

She established the Logan Artists group at Kingston and later established the Logan West Community Artshare Alliance.

“I thought ‘we need a place over this side of town’, so I started this one up from scratch,” she said.

Sherrie teaches clay-art sculpting and glass fusing classes at the Logan West Community Artshare Alliance at very affordable prices. 

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Classes at the Logan West Community Art Share Alliance are offered for beginner to advanced artists for seniors, adults, children, home-schoolers, and after schoolers.

They also offer school holiday classes through the Logan City Council’s KRANK holiday program. 

The 2022 calender will be available on the Logan West Community Art Share Alliance Facebook page, and all enquires can be directed to 0420 985 527.

The association’s objectives include:  

  • To encourage and foster the development, appreciation and recognition of all Visual and Performing Arts, hereunder called ‘the respective arts’. Arts shall mean and include Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Pottery, Carving, Glass, Music (Instrument and Voice), Literature, Poetry, Performance and any other form of Visual Art which is original, creative and entertaining.
  • To promote public awareness, knowledge and appreciation of the respective arts.
  • To provide opportunity for adults and young people to participate in the practice, tuition, study, presentation and access of the respective Arts regardless of race, religion or health status.
  • To co-operate and co-ordinate with groups, bodies, agencies and individuals with interests similar to the Objects of the Association.
  • To provide or to obtain venues, facilities and resources for the activities, related to the Objects of the Association and where possible in co-operation with other cultural organisations.
  • To do all things, and to take all actions expedient, incidental and conducive to the achievement of the above objects.