Beaudesert artist to stage birthday exhibition at Loganlea

DISNEY: Beaudesert resident Rachel Gillow is about to stage her first art exhibition.
DISNEY: Beaudesert resident Rachel Gillow is about to stage her first art exhibition.

AN art exhibition to be held at Able Gallery at Loganlea will allow Beaudesert artist Rachel Gallow to share her 21st birthday as well as her artistic talents.

The Welcome to Disneyland exhibition will feature more than 40 artworks including clay sculptures and plaques, acrylic paintings and drawings inspired by Disney stories.

The event will also showcase offerings that won awards at the Beaudesert Show and the Jimboomba Art Show.

Her mother Sandra Gillow said the artist, who has autism and rarely engaged in activities outside her home, had taken to colouring and drawing from an early age.

"She has always loved Disney, she has combined her two passions for this exhibition," she said.

Ms Gillow said the dream of her daughter having her own art show was made possible thanks to the Carinity Bunderra disability support service in Boonah.

"Finding out about Carinity was a godsend, their programs have helped Rachel so much," she said.

"The staff have played an important role in her growth as a person.

"Rachel is happily enjoying the new life she is making for herself where she is encouraged to try new things, and this has helped her grow and learn."

Carinity Bunderra's house client services coordinator Kerry White said Rachel had flourished in all her endeavours.

"At first she would sit on another table and only talk with her mum," she said.

"She will now look you in the eye and have a conversation with you."

Ms White said the young artist was once quiet and withdrawn and was now excited about her future, which included working in the cafe at the Carinity Fassifern Community Centre.

"Rachel is increasing her independent living skills and hosting her own art exhibition," she said.

"This is something she was not game to dream about before."

Welcome to Disneyland will be held at Able Gallery, 27 Coral Street Loganlea from April 27 to May 11. Phone 0419 001 796 for more information.