Meet our Committee

The 1770 Art Show Team


David Allen was born in Melbourne, Victoria
in 1953. He spent his early years in Charlton and then finished high school at the Marist Brothers College in Bendigo.

David worked in the Hospitality and Media
Industries in Melbourne. Including Text
Media, Melbourne Film Studios, Budget and Designer Publications, both in a creative and management capacity.

In 1998 David and his partner took over the
management of the Laird Hotel in
Melbourne. David had creative control over
all aspects of entertainment ranging from
the programming of music play lists, media,advertising, creative design of posters and publications, to the staging of major events and the introduction of the “Men on Men Art Competition” and Winner of the South Australian APIA’s award for Best Calendar in 2002. Winner of the 2015 Hansen Award for Best Painting.

In 2007, David and his partner decided to
explore Australia by road and this was the
birth of the series of oil paintings under the
title of “Whiteman Dreaming”. Starting in 2007, 32 works were completed.
The series has been very well received with
paintings going to private collections in
Switzerland, Thailand, Saudi Arabia as well
as around Australia.

Committee Member

Being in love with the arts has enriched my life. The arts have been part of my life, as a member of textile groups and community arts organisations and projects. Now that we (Owen & I) have retired to a place of such natural beauty, Agnes Water/1770 I look forward to delving deeply into my own artistic ideas. The second part of life as a professional entailed working with a national Cooperative Research and Development Centre focusing on equipping people to initiate and manage change. Part three is shared with my two daughters, who also have lives enriched by the arts.  All parts have merged.

Vice President,
School Arts Project (SAP) Coordinator

Kim Cooke award winning photographer and graphic designer with over 35 years experience with a passion for art and design that comes from within. I love being behind the camera every day. This is where my inspiration starts, creating something different and unique that produces a creative, designed photograph or art masterpiece.

Much of my work evolves around real estate holiday properties and inspiration with stunning landscapes, nature and wildlife in beautiful Agnes Water/1770. The joy, the laughs, excitement and challenges of working with children, families & animals are all part of my everyday work. I just love what I do.

With love, happiness and the support of my amazing family and friends, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I will continue to be creative and explore everyday.

My Motto - Photography is my passion, creating is my reward. 


My name is Lynne Tye and have lived in Agnes Waters for 11 years although have had property here for over 20 years.  I began “Patchwork” over 35 years ago when my children were small and as with most “patchworkers” and crafters, lost my craft when I started work again.  Since my retirement I resumed my patchwork journey and have attended various workshops with talented Australian and overseas tutors to further enhance my knowledge of Traditional Patchwork and the challenge of making my own designs, finally venturing into the challenging craft of Fibre Art 4 years ago whilst still embarking on the Quilting journey.

With the help of my fellow quilters I have organised the Quilt Exhibition that co-exists with the Art Show for the last 4 years. 

Art of Agnes Coordinator & Committee Member

My interest in art started very young, I was always drawing, colouring or carving as a child. As a teenager I had even set my sights on a career in technical drawing and industrial design.


Unfortunately the education system at the time discouraged me from pursuing this path, as I was colour-blind. I was forced to refocus my goals and I became and engraver. 40 years later, after I had built a successful business around industrial engraving. I sold it and retired.


Moving from Melbourne to Agnes Water and getting involved with the artistic community, I was encouraged to entre a local art show. I did, and my love for creating art was rekindled, I now paint, sketch and create sculpture on a regular basis.


My efforts have been rewarded with awards and sales, which is not the end goal, but it dose give me pleasure to know, that others enjoy my work.


The artist likes wandering around art galleries in search of inspiration and is passionately committed to creativity.

She is entirely enthusiastic about painting with a particular preference for drawing enjoying that certain discipline it requires to achieve the final  rewarding visual finish.

With no formal art education other than a drawing course undertaken by correspondence (proudly achieving “High Distinctions’) she is a self taught artist.

Committee Member

I grew up in country Victoria, my work took me to  Melbourne, after some years we retired, and moved to Agnes Water. 

The 1770 Art Show | PO Box 304

Agnes Water QLD 4677 Australia

Phone: 0411 126 701

1770 Art Show Inc has secured support through Gladstone Regional Council’s Rise Up Fund.  This initiative aims to support Gladstone Region’s not for profit sport, recreation and community organisations who have experienced adverse impact during the Coronavirus COVID-19 health emergency.

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