Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum cultural projects officer Di Paddick with Chanel College Year 8 students Michael Noonan and Chloe Dredge view David Cox’s The Road to Goonong exhibition now on display.
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum cultural projects officer Di Paddick with Chanel College Year 8 students Michael Noonan and Chloe Dredge view David Cox’s The Road to Goonong exhibition now on display. Jen Tybell

Artist's road home

DAVID Cox's latest art exhibition has literally leapt right out of the pages of a story book.

The acclaimed author and illustrator has returned to his home soil this week visiting the Gladstone region to launch his new children's book, The Road to Goonong, plus attend the opening of an art exhibition featuring artwork from the book.

Just like the book, the exhibition is titled The Road to Goonong, and will be officially opened on Thursday at 6pm.

The exhibition features a selection of original watercolour works from the book, published by Allen & Unwin, and will remain on display until September 24.

It will be a busy week for the former Ambrose boy who grew up on the cattle property Goonong during the Great Depression.

Launching his book on Wednesday at Ambrose State School, Mr Cox relished the chance to share his early years on the land under the guidance of a typical bush kid upbringing with the students.

But his official duties don't end there with Mr Cox and his wife Betty Beath, an acclaimed composer and pianist, to give a workshop and talk at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum on Friday from 10am to midday as part of the Gladstone Regional Festival of Arts' Sea Dreams.

There are still a few spots available for the free event, Across Imaginative Seas: Collaborating in Art, Words and Music.

Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum cultural projects officer Di Paddick is excited at the prospect of offering such a multi-faceted experience for senior art students and adults.

“There is going to be a piano in the room inspiring art, writing and music,” Ms Paddick said.

Those wanting to attend must book their spot by phoning the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum on 4976 6766.


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