The art of abstract

CONVENTION has been thrown out the window at the Queanbeyan Art Society Gallery this month as colourful, and offbeat, abstract works line the walls as part of the annual Queanbeyan Age Abstract Art Competition.

The exhibition launched last Sunday afternoon with over 70 breath-taking abstract works entered across a range of mediums.

Best in show went to artist Adrienne Conway for her dream-like rendering titled 'Flight of Fancy.'

Art Society president Barry Cranston praised the quality and colour on show in the new exhibition.

"The brightness, the colour, the vibrance of this exhibition speaks for itself," Mr Cranston said.

"We're delighted that The Queanbeyan Age has been a sponsor of this exhibition for so long. It's great that we can put this exhibition on every year."

The Queanbeyan Art Society now has over 300 members, with members travelling from as far away as the Riverina, the South Coast, and the Goulburn district for Society events.

"And around 40 per cent of our members coming here from Canberra. So we must be doing something right," Mr Cranston laughed.

n The Queanbeyan Age abstract exhibition will hang at the Art Society Gallery (Trinculo Place, Queanbeyan) until the end of March.

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The Mill House Courtyard Cafe is located at 57 Collett Street. It is open for breakfast and lunch six days and closed on Tuesday.

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