Earthly Treasures of our Shire

Published on 27 March 2019

Cheryl Hodges at work

Earthly Treasures of our Shire, a new exhibition by Jerrabomberra artist Cheryl Hodges, will open at The Q Exhibition Space on Tuesday 2 April from 5:30pm. Local legend Tim the Yowie Man will officially open the exhibition at 6pm.

Botanical artist Cheryl Hodges won the QPRC Regional Art Awards - Exhibition Award in 2017 with her painting Castanea sativa from Hoskinstown’s Tweenhill Chestnuts. Since then she has continued to explore the region, visiting her regular haunts and new places.

She discovered nature reserves and conservation areas and met with passionate locals who shared the fruits of their labours – from pepper berries, cider apples, honey and beautiful local wildflowers. Along the way she encountered fascinating insects which are often overlooked and found in the Queanbeyan region’s nature reserves “flowers you may have never seen before.”

Cheryl has painted many of the natural treasures she has discovered in her signature delicate watercolour style. She hopes the paintings and accompanying stories will ignite curiosity in others to explore the region. For example, on her journey she discovered the beautiful Monga Waratah (also known as Braidwood Waratah) in Monga National Park near the Clyde Mountain via the Waratah Walk. Nearby is a boardwalk at Penance Grove, which has Gondwanian rainforest landscape with ancient plumwoods. It is a wonderful location full of diverse botanical specimens to inspire any artist.

Cheryl wants to share the thought she carries with her every day, “wherever you are you can find something interesting and unexpected, if you take the time to look.” She will be painting in the gallery on Thursdays during the exhibition, pop in and ask her questions or just watch how she creates her masterpieces.

Exhibition Opening: Tuesday 2 April, 5:30pm to 7.30pm
Exhibition Runs: 2-20 April 2019
Cheryl will be painting in the gallery: each Thursday 4, 11 and 18 April from 11am to 2 pm
Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-2pm, Sunday Closed