Kristel Kelly and Janie Peterson are proud to announce the opening of a new exhibition at the Community Arts Centre tonight.
Kristel Kelly and Janie Peterson are proud to announce the opening of a new exhibition at the Community Arts Centre tonight. Mike Richards

Gladstone home to a big weekend of arts and culture

ARTS and culture are thriving in Gladstone and this weekend they will paint the town red.

Exhibitions will be held at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and the Community Arts Centre at the weekend, showcasing the region's savoir-faire.

Janie Peterson, curator of an interactive exhibition at the Community Arts centre, says an artist lies dormant within us all.

"Allow yourself to be creative," she said. "If it comes from your heart, it will always be art."

Appreciators of art are also able to head to the newly opened Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre, where local theatre group and orchestra will perform The King and I.

Director Beryl Wood said the weekend was indicative of the surplus of talent in Gladstone.

"I'm always amazed at the calibre of talent in what is, essentially, a country town," she said.

Just down Goondoon St at the Regional Art Gallery and Museum, months of labour and love can be viewed at the official opening and awards presentation of the 2013 Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards.

The 38th Annual Art Awards are supported by local industry and the community and will act as the focus of Gladstone's finest locally produced art.

FAST FACTS:

  • Community Arts Centre exhibition opening night Friday 6-8pm on 89 Goondoon St.
  • The King and I theatre production by the Bunbury Players Group at the GECC. Performances continue Saturday, 12.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets $18 for concession, $20 for adults.
  • Martin Hanson exhibition opening night Saturday, November 9, at 6pm.
  • Tommy Emmanuel concert at the GECC on Friday evening. Tickets available through the GECC website.
  • 2013 Beef Ball at the GECC Saturday evening.

Click here for more events happening in Gladstone this weekend.