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The “Fabulous” Art Gallery opened for five days over August at the old RSL / Bowls Club building in Main Street, Beachmere and was a resounding success in the number of artists who exhibited and the quality of the artwork displayed.

The event was well patronised by the Beachmere and Moreton Bay community along with visitors to the area, with well over a hundred people attending each day.

During that time our Resident Artist, Doreen Howes, spent an hour and a half each day sketching portraits for patrons who made a donation.

Doreen wanted to thank the community and said, ”The gold coin donation raised $61.00 for the Beachmere Op Shop For Wildlife. I sketched 19 portraits for fun and several people paid more than asked and I thank them for their kindness. I enjoyed meeting lots of interesting people and it was good to be able to practice the quick sketches.”

Pictured is Neil Kelly, (no relation to Ned) with the artist and his portrait which Doreen helped to frame. Neil has been a Beachmere resident for over 15 years and is really pleased with Doreen’s portrayal of him. He is also happy to see the community spirit is thriving here.

Doreen would also like to thank Beachmere Area Network Group (BANG) for the opportunity they have given her and all the other artists to display their work in a well run event. Congratulations BANG.

Picture by MJ Donovan

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