What a Gem

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What a Gem

Join the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum and Mrs Liz Cunningham, Member for Gladstone, 10.30am next Saturday 17 May 2014, for morning tea as they officially launch the exhibition 50 years of Gems.  This exhibition is a collaborative display celebrating the half century milestone for the Gladstone District Gem, Rock & Mineral Club Inc. members.

The club has moved premises a number of times but has been meeting at the Gladstone Showgrounds regularly since 1978, workshopping techniques and developing their skills.  From faceting to silversmithing, the Gladstone District Gem, Rock & Mineral Club members have a flair for lapidary crafts, fine metalwork and cabochon cutting.


"The exhibition is brimming with pieces to see and learn about. The talented members of the group should be very proud of what they have achieved in the last 50 years and we hope their success continues."  Jo Duke said, Curator of the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum.


The display showcases their efforts across two exhibition spaces.  Stunning semi-precious gems and handmade ornate jewellery line the cabinets of the first room and in the other space stand precisely cut and polished natural and synthetic rocks. Other interesting finds such as fossils and meteorite pieces can also be seen in this space as well as a series of photos contributed by club members.


At the launch Mrs Liz Cunningham, MP, will officially open 50 years of Gems which is currently on display and runs until 14 June 2014.  A light morning tea will be provided after the formalities.  If you would like to come along, RSVP to the Gallery & Museum by 5pm Wednesday 14 May on (07) 4976 6766 or email gragm@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au


The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum is located on the corner of Goondoon & Bramston Streets, Gladstone and is open Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm and admission is free.