Word Pictures





Maryborough Writers’ Group and Central Goldfields Art Gallery


As part of the Words in Winter Festival from 7–14 August 2021, the Maryborough Writers’ Group wrote their interpretations in response to viewing four art works from the Central Goldfields Art Gallery's permanent collection.

These literary responses were shared in a public reading session at Central Goldfields Art Gallery on Friday 13 August 2021.



The artworks being responded to were:


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John H. Glover
A Moment Of Time (Kathmandu, Nepal)
Pencil drawing
1240 x 860 x 30 (mm)



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Sue Reid
Australian Print
Textile painted, hand and machine embroidered and quilted
1240 x 1050 (mm)



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Janet Borchardt
Off Stage
Oil on composition board
910 x 1035 x 45 (mm)
© Max W. Borchardt.



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Heather Chettle
Spring Break
Oil on board
805 x 650 x 45 (mm)



Below are compositions by some of the Maryborough Writers' Group members


In response to: Janet Borchardt 'Off Stage', 1977, Oil on composition board. 


“Thought” by J. H., Maryborough Victoria. 

There's no time for thought, I'm a busy lady. Sometimes I wish time could stand still, and I could get a moment to myself. But I must sing, my audience awaits. I have only time for reading my notes before I go on. I wish I had time to have a relaxing dip in the pool, read a book. But I must do what I need, I must sing, and put on my happy face. Thoughts of him find their way into my mind, but I must push them away for my true love is singing, and that's what I must do today.

© J.H. 2021




In response to Sue Reid's 'Australian Print', 2019, Textile painted, hand and machine embroidered and quilted.


“That One Strange Indigenous Painting” by J. Clarke, 16 Years Old, Maryborough Victoria.

My mother likes painting indigenous artworks. At first I thought nothing of it, just another piece of art in the hallway, with all her other great achievements. But then one day I was walking down the hall, and abruptly stopped in front of this painting, which I found odd, as it never interested me before. That's when it started to shift, as I went closer, that's when I realised it was more like a tiger's eye than a fingerprint. Then it jumped at me, right out of the picture. It took a moment to collect my thoughts, but that's when I saw the huge tiger, looking right at me.

© J. Clarke 2021



In response to Heather Chettle's 'Spring Break' 1979, oil on board, 805 x 650 x 45 (mm)


"As If I Was The Artist" - C. Clarke, 14 years old, Maryborough, Victoria.


This is a story about a man in his mid-thirties. He was an artist, but he was also a farmer who enjoyed horse-riding. One day he was about to go riding, and when he looked at the desk with his saddle and boots, he got a spark of inspiration for a painting. He quickly drew his idea on a canvas, then went out, and on his return after painting the scene, he saw a bird on the window sill, then added that to the work. It won first prize, in the local art show, gaining him money he needed to care for his animals.

© C. Clarke 2021




In response to Sue Reid's 'Australian Print', 2019, Textile painted, hand and machine embroidered and quilted.


“An Elephant Eye” by M. C. Clarke, 12 Years Old, Maryborough, Victoria.

Baby elephant in the crystal lake, looked at me through one eye, and said: "I want to play". It ran to get its blue and green star-covered ball, then lifted me up with its trunk to put me on its back.

© M.C. Clarke 2021



In response to Sue Reid's 'Australian Print', 2019, Textile painted, hand and machine embroidered and quilted.


By Jan Gray, Maryborough Writers’ Group.


Verbal stories, like this morning’s readings are one way to express our responses to a wide range of daily situations.

This quilted exhibit “Australian Print” could be interpreted as a graphic expression of the story of a life journey, an impression or fingerprint of the impact we leave behind and the possibility of what may come... or, the maze we travel and the experiences we encounter.

I’m impressed by the overall presentation and drawn in by the fine detail and ancient symbols of this work.

Many images and memories come to mind.  Arial flights and views, contour lines representing steep terrain, ridges and gullies on well used topographical maps and the overall enjoyment of the natural environment.

The colours of so many recent sunrises and sunsets, juvenile blue leaves of our local Yellow Gum, the rich clay colour of a tiny high rise ants’ nest, fresh echidna diggings, or damp peeling bark.

The visual impact is subtle and thought provoking, telling the story of the country if we take the time to observe and listen to its spirit.