Greenbank artist Jessica Skeen-McKinnon and family to bring family exhibition to Logan Art Gallery next year

Greenbank-based First Nations artist Jessica Skeen-McKinnon will bring the talented members of her artistic family together for a special exhibition at Logan Art Gallery next year.

Family affair: Jessica Skeen-McKinnon will bring her talented family together for a special exhibition next year at Logan Art Gallery.

Family affair: Jessica Skeen-McKinnon will bring her talented family together for a special exhibition next year at Logan Art Gallery.

The Skeen family group exhibition is part of a diverse program by local and visiting artists and touring exhibitions at the gallery.

The program for the next year was endorsed at last week's Logan City Council meeting.

Many Skeen family members are artists and craftspeople, having learnt skills from their renowned artist father Joseph Skeen, a second-generation Aboriginal artefact maker.

Mr Skeen makes clapping sticks and didgeridoos, but his main focus now is making boomerangs and passing on his knowledge.

Ms Skeen is the artist behind the eye-catching designs featured at the Logan Gardens water play area.

The Skeen family exhibition will feature new paintings, photography and wood craft focused on how Aboriginal culture and knowledge is passed down through family connections.

City Lifestyle Committee chair, Laurie Koranski, said the 2022 program would offer the gallery's visitors some interesting experiences.

"We have already locked in some amazing exhibitions for the year and look forward to sharing them with the community," Cr Koranski said.

"We are especially keen to highlight the wealth of talent we have within the city of Logan with a diverse range of talented artisans, designers, and makers."

Talented: Joseph Skeen.

Talented: Joseph Skeen.

Next year's Bespoke: made in Loganexhibition will showcase contemporary jewellery and small objects by well-known and emerging local artists.

Cr Koranski said council would celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Artwavesstudent exhibition next year.

Artwaves highlights the creative excellence of young artists from this region.

This year's Artwavesexhibition runs until Saturday, October 16.

It features 241 students from 30 secondary schools in the Logan and the region.

The Southside Upcycling Stitchers Collective is working on its Stitched togetherexhibition showcasing the use of fabric waste, donated clothing and sewing to transform garments and create jewellery.

Other highlights of the 2022 program include Boronia Heights artist Oliver Murdoch's exhibition of superhero illustrations.

The Queensland Wildlife Artists Society has a return exhibition of wildlife-themed paintings, pastel works, drawings and sculptures.

Established fashion designer Helen Miller showcases a series of textiles, theatrical masks, costumes and digital prints highlighting themes like multiculturalism, cultural identity and sustainability.

The gallery will also be closed next year between January 18 and February 26 for essential maintenance to bring it into line with Australian standards for exhibitions.

During this period, access will be provided to virtual gallery programs such as online art making workshops and creative industry talks.

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