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Explore myths and legends at Dogwood Crossing’s new exhibition

27 January 2015

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development and Health Services Councillor Carolyn Tillman said Köhnke’s exhibition will captivate fans of oral tradition as well as challenge patron’s perceptions of endangered animal species.

“Köhnke has spent much of her life living outside of Australia in Papua New Guinea and Spain and the works in her latest exhibition Vanishing: Myths and Legends are a wonderful glimpse into her firsthand experiences of the oral traditions and myths and legends of these cultures,” she said.

“Animals from Papua New Guinean mythology are especially significant to Köhnke and her concerns for endangered animal species, especially African animals, are central to this exhibition.”

Cr Tillman said the exhibition will leave a lasting impression on patrons to contemplate a possible future without one of the world’s most majestic animals.

“The striking centrepiece of the exhibition is a progression of African elephant paintings which nudge us to consider what the future would be like if elephants disappeared from the world if nothing is done to safeguard them as threatened species,” she said.

“These paintings are further complemented by Köhnke’s welded steel sculptures which add depth to the exhibition and point to Köhnke’s broad artist skill.

“I strongly encourage everyone to come and see the Vanishing: Myths and Legends exhibition before it closes on Tuesday 3 March.”

Also showing on Dogwood Crossing, Miles’s Curved Wall is Donna Thomas’ creative reuse exhibition What a Load of Rubbish which encourages visitors to think about items destined for landfill as starting points for artistic expression.

Both exhibitions will be on display at Dogwood Crossing, Miles until Tuesday 3 March 2015.

For more information on the exhibitions call Dogwood Crossing, Miles on 4679 4430 or visit www.dogwoodcrossing.com.

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