Boonah to showcase Scenic Rim talent with Art of the Heart exhibition

HEART ART: Peter Fowler, Rachael Brook and Fleur Wade will have their work showcased at Boonah next month.
HEART ART: Peter Fowler, Rachael Brook and Fleur Wade will have their work showcased at Boonah next month.

SCENIC Rim artists are preparing for an exhibition of their work scheduled to open next month at Flavours Cafe in Boonah.

Rachael Brook, a mouth artist who perfected her art despite living with cerebral palsy, will be joined by fellow Boonah artists Fleur Wade and Peter Fowler in presenting the Three Unique Hearts Beats One exhibition.

Cafe owner and event sponsor Mark O'Shaughnessy said the exhibition would provide visitors with a unique look at hearts and places that touch our hearts.

"Your heart will be touched, your senses enhanced as you experience the works of Rachael, Fleur and Peter," Mr Shaughnessy said.

"You will experience the true beauty of Rachael through her work in this exhibition themed 'hearts'.

"All of Rachael's works are painted in her studio at the Old Butter Factory and all are created by deliberate, deft strokes from a brush held in her mouth."

Ms Brook said she chose the theme as a means of challenging herself and her fellow artists to explore a range of metaphors within their works and use their artistic talents to create outside their comfort zones.

"I like the symbolism and the power of the heart," she said.

Artist Rachael Brook chose the theme for the upcoming exhibition to highlight the power and symbolism of the human heart.

Artist Rachael Brook chose the theme for the upcoming exhibition to highlight the power and symbolism of the human heart.

Mr Shaughnessy said Ms Wade's acrylic, graphite and colour pencil landscapes enabled the viewer to make a connection to the "story of place" and the interweaving layers of its past and present.

"Her use of tone, colour and detail are subtle, reflecting the strength and timelessness of the natural environment," he said.

"Peter Fowler is an award-winning contemporary Aboriginal artist.

"His works are known for his fusion of Aboriginality with all the other aspects of his life.

"A significant part of the Aboriginal culture is the idea of 'giving back to country', a value system whereby any virtue they are born with or acquire obliges them to give back to their community in like.

"It is with this philosophy in mind that Peter contributes to this exhibition."

The official opening of the exhibition will take place on Friday, May 3 with a complimentary drink and tapas for all guests.

Register on the Hearts Exhibition Facebook page or call Flavours Cafe on 5463 2699.

The works will be exhibited at the cafe until May 12 with all paintings for sale.