Thursday, September 7, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Local Artists Soar At Sarina Art Gallery

Mackay artist Ailsa Hall is going back to her schooldays by reviving her love of art.

Ailsa, 76, is one of seven district artists who displayed their works at the Sarina Art Gallery in August.

She said she enjoyed painting at school but a busy life on a cane farm at Mirani with husband Glen took over her time.

“We had 32 years at Mirani and when we came to town, I was making porcelain dolls, making the dolls and dressing them up with clothing I made,” she said.

“In about 2017 after we left the farm, I joined the U3A art group in Mackay and I’ve been painting ever since then.

“I’ve displayed several times at Sarina.

“I like to paint birds, animals and landscapes in acrylics and oils.”

Others who displayed their works include Joy Hold, Brigitte Zimmerman, Jodie Perna, Jennifer Cecil, Cheryl Zunker and Seba Kaigey.

The Sarina Art Gallery is open 10am-3pm daily next to the Sarina Sugar Shed at Sarina’s Field of Dreams parkland on the southern edge of the town.

Contributed by Charlie Payne

Artist Ailsa Hall with her painting Thirsty Magpie on display at the Sarina Art Gallery

Brigitte Zimmerman

Cheryl Zunker

Jennifer Cecil

Jodie Perna

Joy Hold

Seba Kaigey

Photo credit: Charlie Payne

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