Artist Iraj Family has a selection of his work on show at the Ipswich Community Gallery as part of an exhibition by Lockyer Valley Artists.
Artist Iraj Family has a selection of his work on show at the Ipswich Community Gallery as part of an exhibition by Lockyer Valley Artists. Rob Williams

World influences show in art

A FREE art exhibition featuring the work of Lockyer Valley artists has opened this week at the Ipswich Community Gallery.

Lockyer Valley Artists Inc secretary Judith Baker said the exhibition was called the Eclectic collection to reflect the multicultural backgrounds of the artists.

"We've got art work by artists from Germany, Latvia, South Africa, Persia, England and Ireland," Ms Baker said.

Highlights include paintings by Iranian-born artist Iraj Family and ink drawings by Gatton-based Dutch artist Dirk Blockland.

The exhibition opened this week but the free official launch will be held this Saturday at 1pm.

"The launch is open to the public so everyone is welcome to come," Ms Baker said.

Ipswich local Madleine McGarrigal will be singing at the opening and food and drink will be provided.

Almost everything at the art exhibition is for sale.

Visitors can buy items including paintings, cards or handmade jewellery as a unique Christmas gift.

Ms Baker said displaying art was a great way for Lockyer Valley Artists to move forward after the devastating floods earlier this year.

"With all the terrible things that have happened since January, I think the arts in general have suffered a bit since then," she said.

Visitors to the exhibition can also purchase $1 raffle tickets for the chance to win a two-draw art box full of artistic equipment.

The exhibition runs until December 9 and is open from 10am to 3pm daily.



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