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McGregor Summer Arts Retreat 2019 is underway!

Paintbrushes are poised and instruments tuned in ready for McGregor Summer Arts and Music Retreats which begin today (January 14).

Local Toowoomba artist Maree Cameron will be among those attending visual and creative art classes through the week-long series of workshops.

Ms Cameron received the second annual USQ Artsworx Encouragement Award at the Downlands Art Exhibition last year, winning a McGregor bursary to further her knowledge and practice of art.

Downlands Art Exhibition curator Evan Hollis led the judging process of hundreds of artists whose work was shown at the exhibition.

Ms Cameron’s four works impressed as she explored new media, using ink and alcohol on Yupo paper to display a willingness to work outside her usual techniques.

“Maree is working out of her comfort zone and with great results,” Mr Hollis said.

Ms Cameron has been a member of Flying Arts since 1979, and now teaches in Toowoomba.

She began her painting career over 40-years ago in Tambo where she lived on a cattle and grain property. Career highlights include a portrait of 92-year-old R.M. Williams, and having a painting selected by Toowoomba Regional Council as a gift for Paju, Toowoomba’s sister city in South Korea.

Every year, the McGregor Retreats offers a small number of scholarships to artists within the community, to help them evolve their artistic skills and abilities.

McGregor Summer Retreat has run for 51 years and draws a talented array of tutors and participants to the creative hub of USQ.

The 2019 Retreat will present 19 visual and creative workshops, from which Ms Cameron has selected ‘Fantastic Acrylics’ with Jenni Kelly.

“Jenni Kelly is one of Australia’s significant acrylic artists and no doubt Maree will be able to further her artistic techniques by spending time learning from her during the Summer Retreat,” USQ Artsworx McGregor Co-ordinator Cassandra Stephan said.

“We are really excited for Maree to be doing Jenni’s class.”

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Toowoomba artist Maree Cameron