Discovering Kent Barton’s outdoor art gallery on my first excursion at Agnes Water was a good sign I’d made the right choice in agreeing to a three-week house sitting stint in the region.
I’m not fussed on fishing or surfing so what else is there to do at Agnes Water and the neighbouring Town of 1770?
Plenty, said Lisa, the lovely wife of artist Kent Barton.
After greeting me with a warm welcome at their gallery on Bicentennial Drive, Lisa gave me a run-down of Discovery Coast highlights that ranged from a butterfly forest to the 1770 Distillery and Scooteroo chopper rides.
There are also the 1770 Stand Up Paddle tours, LARC (Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo) adventures, and the Agnes Water Museum on Spring Road.
I can choose from Lisa’s list later in the week but for today, I was enthralled with Kent’s relatively unique outdoor art gallery.
His vibrant artworks are framed and mounted on tree trunks and timber fences in landscaped gardens, in a fashion I’d never seen before.
I felt very much ‘at home’ viewing Kent’s artworks that portray familiar aspects Queensland homes, similar to those in which I have lived and seen in various towns and cities across the state.
Kent said his exhibition titled ‘Queensland Dreaming’, consisted of fleeting moments of Queensland life (dreams).
“Some are of particular places and others are a composite, and some are wholly created from experiences,” he said.
“The majority of these artworks are reproduced from my ‘Serigraphs’ (silk-screen prints on paper).
“This is a process where I produce editions of ‘original prints’ by hand painting the stencil for each colour, directly on the silk-screen.
“This process renders a painted appearance, where shading and depth is achieved with solid colours.”
Hailing from Brisbane, Ken’s love of Queensland is reflected in his unique whimsical pictures.
His striking colourful style has attracted many art lovers locally and internationally, and he has won numerous art awards along the way.
Kent and Lisa live in Agnes Water where they own and operate The Lovely Cottages Holiday Retreat, art gallery, art studio, and the Discover 1770 Information and Tours shop.
For more information about the Kent Barton Art Gallery, visit www.kentbartonartgallery.com.au.
For 10 things to do in Agnes Water and Town of 1770 visit my blog post on 10 things to do.
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