Forest Lake Men’s Shed Art and Craft Exhibition Returns to Inala Art Gallery

The annual Forest Lake Men’s Shed Art and Craft Exhibition at the Inala Art Gallery is back this May 2022.  

Another year, another opportunity to check out some of the amazing art and crafts by Forest Lake Men’s Shed which is on display at the Inala Art Gallery starting 3 May 2022. The exhibit will showcase some of the Shed’s impressive artistic projects including paintings, wood crafts, toy soldiers and photography. 

About Forest Lake Men’s Shed

Forest Lake Men’s Shed had their inaugural exhibition at the Inala Art Gallery in 2020. Members of the Forest Lake Men’s Shed mostly do woodworking which in turn is sold to raise funds to support the local community. 

Forest Lake Men’s Shed Art and Craft Exhibition
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The men’s shed provides local men with a place to do something worthwhile, make social connections and improve their health and wellbeing whilst contributing to the community. 

“Most men have learned from our culture that they don’t talk about feelings and emotions; many do not take an interest in their own health and well-being. Unlike women, most men are reluctant to talk about their emotions and that means that they usually don’t ask for help.”

“Becoming a member of a Men’s Shed provides a safe and busy environment where men can find many of these things in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mate-ship. And, importantly, there is no pressure.  Men can just come and have a yarn and a cuppa if that is all they’re looking for. “

Forest Lake Men’s Shed
Forest Lake Men’s Shed Art and Craft Exhibition
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According to one study on the effects of men’s shed on the health and wellbeing of its members, many of the men who come to their local Shed look for a way to adapt to a change including retirement or job loss; loss of a spouse or divorce; health issues and relocation.

The findings say that men in the Shed group score statistically significantly higher than the less socially active non-Shed group on:

  • Physical Functioning – the extent to which a person is limited by their health in performing a range of physical activities.
  • Role Physical – the effects of physical health on a person’s performance of their work or other activities they are able to do
  • General Health – Self-assessed health status
  • Vitality – a person’s energy levels
  • Mental Health – the amount of time a person experienced feelings of depression or happiness

About Inala Art Gallery

The Inala Art Gallery is a not-for-profit organisation that provides communities with a space where everyone can get involved in creative activities and display their artworks and crafts. The Gallery opened in 1977 by a group of volunteers and Les Bryant who was a local council member at the time and was its patron until 2018.

 Inala Art Gallery
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“The Year of the Outback” which was held in 2002, was one of the Gallery’s most outstanding exhibitions so far. The exhibition was hailed as one which had not been seen before in Brisbane suburbs due to the high quality of content and presentation.

The Forest Lake Men’s Shed Art and Craft Exhibition runs until 27 May 2022. Opening hours are from 10 am to 3 pm, Tuesday to Friday and from 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays.

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Dario Zanesco To Hold Solo Art Exhibition in Inala

Brisbane artist Dario Zanesco will showcase his works from the past six years, in his first solo exhibition at the Inala Art Gallery this October 2021. 

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Zanesco, whose focus is on wildlife art and nature, will display an array of paintings and drawings including African and South American wildlife. Dario has painted and drawn native wildlife from his recent trip to the Northern Territory. Brolgas, Crocodiles, Kookaburras, Black-necked Storks and Glossy Ibis’ will fill the walls with striking colours. 

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Born in Brisbane but of Italian descent, Zanesco has been painting for more than 15 years. His first exhibition was held in Ipswich in 2016, attracting the interest of numerous key figures in the local community. Sales followed with exhibitions in Victoria through the Wildlife Art Society of Australia, and in Goondiwindi’s Aspects Art Show.

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Councillor for Forest Lake ward Charles Strunk will open the exhibition. The opening day for this year’s exhibition will be a morning tea at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, 10 October 2021, at the Inala Community Gallery, located at the Inala Civic Centre. 

“The scale and realism of the artworks are so great that it will feel as though you are being transported to Australia’s remote wilderness,” Cr Strunk said.

“It is clear from this exhibition, that this young artist has devoted much of his life studying the great wild places, and from that, he has created captivating artworks,” he said.

“Not only are there artworks well-suited to a home, but also theatrical canvasses featuring unique textures, shapes, colours and emotions,” he added.

Dario’s artwork is available to view on Bluethumb online art gallery:

Inala Art Gallery Presents ‘Collections 2020’ from Year 11 and 12 Students

Year 11 and Year 12 students from the Forest Lake State High School and the Glenala State High School have come together to collaborate on an art showcase at the Inala Art Gallery. 

For the second year in a row, the students are presenting their 2D, 3D and other media works in “Collections 2020.” They used their creative talents to express and reflect on this challenging year.

The students hope that this will be an annual collaboration to strengthen and grow the local community’s creative industry. 

Photo Credit: Forest Lake High School

Collections 2020 opened on 27 Nov 2020 but the affair didn’t have an official opening ceremony due to the pandemic. However, for anyone interested in discovering emerging talents and sharing in the success of these students, the free exhibit will run until 30 Jan 2021.  

Inala Art Gallery is open every Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The staff will take a holiday break from 17 Dec 2020 to 12 Jan 2021. Phone (07) 33728208 before your visit. 

Members of the gallery recently elected a new committee following its soft re-opening post-COVID in June. 

“The first thing to be faced was to make the Gallery an attractive workspace which has appeal to exhibitors, visitors, classes and the community generally. With these goals largely achieved, now it is time not only to maintain what has been gained but to look ahead to the next stages in making Inala Art Gallery the place to be in 2020/2021,” Rowena Solomon, the new president said.