An exhibition of paintings by David LeMay, On the Road to Acland – Sky & Earth, will be on display at Goombungee’s Rosalie Gallery from August 23 to September 17, 2023.

LeMay spent several years painting and sketching in the township, finding inspiration among the open spaces and channelling this into his creative process.

“When my son, Tim, was young, we would go for drives into the countryside. We stumbled on the town of Acland,” LeMay said.

“It was unusual, it was empty. Remnants of the town’s inhabitants were evident in the cement slabs left behind and the gardens still defining the boundaries of each block. The houses and inhabitants were absent.

“For Tim and me it was a playground. Tim was maybe three or four and he was about to venture from training wheels to two wheels. I knew he was ready, so out to Acland we went and off he took on his two wheels down the empty streets where so many must have done the same, not so long ago.

“Tim and I would return to Acland as often as we could, sometimes two or three times a month, sometimes every two or three months.

“We would camp out there thanks to our gracious host Glen Beutel, the only resident who had chosen to stay and not sell his family's properties.”

LeMay describes painting as “a means to being; to listening to country. The process gives focus to a meditation on being there”.

David LeMay lives and creates his work in the Toowoomba Region, where he has been a practising artist for more than 35 years.

The exhibition’s Artist Talk will be held at 11am on Saturday, September 2. This is a free event and no bookings are required.

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Rosalie Gallery at 89 Mocatta Street, Goombungee is open from 10.30am to 3.30pm Wednesday to Sunday and closed on Monday, Tuesday and public holidays. Entry is free.

Image: David LEMAY / Studies for πνεῦμα-pneuma Grevillea 2022 / acrylic on stretched paper / 60 x 60 cm / © David LeMay