A Remembrance Day Exhibition of original artwork by the late Eric Ross Coulter will be displayed in St Mary’s Hall, Montville, from Friday 8th November to Wednesday 13th November, 2019. Entry to the Exhibition is free and all are invited to attend.

The Exhibition, titled “Snippets from the Western Front”, comprises eleven watercolours and twelve drawings. Each piece of artwork includes an accompanying explanation. The subjects were chosen as a result of their emotional impact, historical significance or beauty to the artist.

Ross Coulter was conscripted, as a National Serviceman, into the Australian Army and saw active service in South Vietnam in 1967. This experience was insightful and provided the inspiration and passion for telling the story of war through his own artwork. In 2003, he spent three months touring the First World War “Western Front Battlefields” of France and Belgium. The outcome of this experience is the “Snippets from the Western Front” Exhibition, that is being loaned by kind favour of the artist’s widow, Kate.

Ross’s creative artwork left a rich legacy throughout Central Queensland where he retired after a school teaching career that culminated in his final appointment as Art Subject Master, at North Rockhampton High School. He then utilised his talents, from his home at Emu Park, as a Commercial Artist and a Fine Artist, with many successful exhibitions.

Ross became very involved in his community. Before his death in 2005, he was instrumental in the concept and design of the ‘Centenary of ANZAC Memorial Precinct’ at Emu Park.

The Montville Exhibition is supported collaboratively by the Mapleton sub-branch of the RSL, the Blackall Range Visual Artists and the Blackall Range Lion’s Club.

It will be open from 10:00am to 3:00pm, daily, from Friday 8th November to Wednesday 13th November, 2019. Its scheduling serves as a reminder of the significance of the commemoration of Remembrance Day.

Further information about Eric Ross Coulter can be found here: https://rosscoultermemorial.com/ – there is a video of an interview with him in which he talks about his art and also about going to France and drawing and painting the towns, villages and landscape where Australians died in WW1.

Remembrance Day Commemoration Service

A Montville Remembrance Day service will be conducted by the Mapleton sub-branch of the RSL at the Memorial Gates, adjacent to Saint Mary’s Hall, the venue for the Exhibition, from 10:30am on Monday, 11th November, 2019. Community members and visitors are respectfully invited to attend both the Exhibition and the Remembrance Day commemoration service.

Co-ordinator: Colin Brewer (0448 800 387)