Fragmented views

A few snap shots of work that Carmen and I are doing at present. We are exploring visual images and memories of our environment and region, and allowing ourselves to respond to the subject matter.  The idea is to pursue these works with a view to an exhibition.  A long way to go, but it is interesting … Continue reading

Paintings that go west!

Paintings sent to competitions and exhibitions don’t always return home. If you are lucky it will be because you have won a prize or sold your work. Always a nice feeling when this happens, but sometimes they don’t return for other less joyful reasons. Last year I had two paintings hung in the Ernest Henry … Continue reading

Under the spotlight

Artists Carmen Beezley-Drake and Joanne Kerr in front of Carmen's work 'Beach Frolic'imageFreya Cronin , Aaron Miller and Edward Kerr enjoying art work at 'Perceptions of Place' opening night.imageCarmen Beezley-Drake and Britha PolkinghorneWith the Opening night behind us we are looking to other art exploits.  The exhibition was a great success with sales and positive comments from our many visitors. The photos from Opening night show the gallery space which was broken into four rooms which worked better than we had anticipated.  We hung the work in groupings that interspersed our work, rather than Carmen’s work in one room and mine in another.  This seemed to work well and is always surprising where we can find connections of subject,style and media.


Perceptions of Place an art exhibition

Perceptions of Place invite


With our exhibition coming up, both Carmen and I are frantically busy. Cyclone Marcia hitting Rockhampton certainly didn’t help with the stress levels, but Carmen was fortunately organized and had her paintings already delivered to Brisbane. Things are moving at a pace now with only days until we are hanging our work.

Cheers, Joanne

Promising start for 2015


Carmen beside her painting 'Silence in the Landscape' selected for Flying Arts Alliance Inc touring exhibition 2014 'Vital Signs'

Carmen beside her painting ‘Silence in the Landscape’ selected for Flying Arts Alliance Inc touring exhibition 2014 ‘Vital Signs’

Carmen has made a flying start to the New Year with her painting ‘Silence in the Landscape’ being selected for The Touring Exhibition of the 2014 Queensland Regional Art Awards, a Flying Arts Alliance Inc initiative. Carmen and I were able to attend the opening at the Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane early this month, where Carmen’s painting along with several others sold at the conclusion of the opening, topping off a great weekend. Curator Dr Lisa Chandler, University of the Sunshine Coast preceded the opening with a lecture and this was followed by an opening speech by the Governor Paul de Jersey, AC,QC.  Congratulations to all the artists who had work selected. If you are in Brisbane, the exhibition will be at the Judith Wright Centre until 28th February 2015. The exhibition will then be travelling to Atherton (31st March – 3rd May), Texas (19th May – 26th June), Chinchilla (10th July – 1st October) and concluding it’s travels ain Hinchinbrook (20th November – 9 January 2016).

Cheers Joanne

Winning two months!

  This is a follow up to a post I did in April this year. I had completed the second half of a dyptich of my Spear Lily in June . You might remember the charcoal collage of the plant above – I have since completed the flower part of the work. Wonderful news, this … Continue reading

Selected for Flying arts exhibition


'Silence in the Landscape'

‘Silence in the Landscape’ Acrylic on Canvas (122cm x 92cm) by Carmen Beezley-Drake

Great news for Carmen! Her painting entitled ‘Silence in the Landscape’ has been selected for the 2014 Queensland Regional Art Awards ‘Vital Signs’ a project of Flying Arts. The Queensland Regional Art Awards is an annual visual arts prize and exhibition for established and emerging artists living in regional and remote Queensland.

To view the online gallery and make your People’s Choice Vote, click the link below:



Art camp!

It has been quite a while since my last post. Not sure this is a good thing or bad, Carmen and I have both been busy with our art and life in general tends to rush by. But needed to post about our great 11 days at Cooee Bay Art workshop on the Capricorn Coast. This is an art workshop that has been taking place for 35 years with many of our leading Australian artists tutoring along side Bela Ivani the founding tutor.  While  Carmen has been in attendance from the beginning, missing only a few over the years, this was my first time.  With Bela Ivani unable to attend due to illness, we had David Fairbairn (Sydney artist and Dobell Prize winner) along with Terry O’Donnell (a fellow Sydney artist) in attendance.  The workshop centred on portraiture and figure work and working predominately with drawing materials. Four days starting into

Carmen with her work

Carmen with her work

Joanne with her work.

Joanne with her work.

a mirror as we worked on self portraits certainly was more than I like looking at them. With about 30 other artists from around Australia, it was a great learning experience. The tutors setup great learning experiences, with plenty of feedback and motivating chats discussing artists and art that related to work that was being done.

Was also a lovely time to spend with my mum doing what we both enjoyed. Some of the time it was frustrating but always fun with a very friendly and supportive group of artists. We just have to keep the momentum rolling now.


The excitement of charcoal!

I have always been a big fan of charcoal and messy though it is, its feel and sound as you drag it across the paper is rewarding. So after attending a drawing workshop with charcoal, I have been doing some works using it with collage. Still obsessed with the Gymea Lily, these drawings explore charcoal … Continue reading

New home for Central Qld Contemporary Artists

Central Queensland Contemporary Artists, long time residents of The Walter Reid Cultural Centre in Rockhampton have just been relocated from their room of 30 years on the top floor into a smaller. but well appointed space on the second level of the building.

Huge ceilings and great light on the top floor!

Huge ceilings and great light on the top floor!

Space for lots of workshops.

Space for lots of workshops.

Packing up!

Packing up!

It was a mammoth task to clear out all our years of accumulation. Probably a good move as we are now happily settled into a tidier,cleaner area and planning several projects for coming year.
See how vast our previous space was and the amount of stuff we accumulated, much as we do at home.

Next will be pics of the new space.