Lasting Impressions Gallery in Kenilworth, Australia has Permanently Closed.


The Lasting Impressions Gallery in Kenilworth, Australia has permanently closed. However for a number of years this was its website. Once the site's domain registration expired the website disappeared from the web. The new owner of the site admired the gallery and the outstanding artists that were represented. Below is a brief glimpse of what the site offered its visitors.
Content is from the site's archived pages spanning a number of years.
The gallery will be missed. Enjoy the nostalgic trip back.



The gallery as you have known it for the past 30 years has recently closed it's doors. We are currently in a transitional phase and moving towards a new chapter in the ongoing history of Lasting Impressions Gallery.

New paintings as well as the new upcoming 2017 exhibition schedule will be posted on this site shortly. In the meantime if you have any inquiries you may contact us at:

Thank you for your patience and ongoing support with our new venture.

Kaye Cathro


Blast From The Past by Tim Cob: The Gallery has been a landmark for over 30 years, and it holds a special place in my memories as I walked past it every day to and from work. What I miss most are the people and Sheeba, the big, friendly mutt who was always on the porch. Sheeba belonged to a merchant nearby but seemed to have a special connection with the gallery, often choosing to nap near the artworks. This gallery wasn't just known for its art; it was also ahead of its time in terms of technology, being the first to incorporate Visual FoxPro in their back office operations. This blend of art and cutting-edge technology was a unique aspect of the gallery. One day, a visitor, impressed by the gallery's innovation and charmed by Sheeba, decided to show her appreciation. However, she mistakenly thought the gallery owned Sheeba. So, in a gesture of goodwill, she arranged for a special gift for Sheeba, thinking it would enhance her comfort at the gallery. This mix-up eventually came to light, and the gift was given to Sheeba's real owner. But after receiving the gift, Sheeba temporarily changed her routine and stopped hanging out on the gallery porch, which worried me. Fortunately, it turned out that Sheeba was simply enjoying her new comfort elsewhere. This change was short-lived, and within a year, Sheeba returned to her usual spot. To me, Sheeba was an integral part of the gallery, embodying its spirit of uniqueness and innovation.


•  6 Elizabeth Street
•  Kenilworth
•  Queensland
•  Telephone / Facimile: 61 + 7 + 5446 0422
GALLERY HOURS: 10:30 am - 5 pm / Tuesday - Sunday. (Closed Mondays)

Lasting Impressions Gallery of Fine Arts was established by Kaye and Neil Cathro in 1986 in the tranquil Sunshine Coast hinterland township of Kenilworth. In the year 2000, ownership of the Gallery was transferred soley to director Kaye Cathro who has continued to maintain the gallery's success within the region.

An early traditional Queensland style building, the gallery comprises of three intimate exhibition spaces, one of which looks out through large floor to ceiling windows into a rainforest courtyard.

Through solo and group exhibitions the gallery has over the years presented a cross-section of work by established and emerging Australian artists, both local and interstate. With a long-term commitment to quality, Lasting Impressions has gained the reputation as one of the regions leading art galleries.

Among the artists represented is the internationally acclaimed wildlife artist Greg Postlewho has been exhibiting solely with Lasting Impressions Gallery since he began painting professionally in 1987.

The gallery also displays in its range, quality pieces in glass, ceramics and wood from around Australia.

If you are visiting the Sunshine Coast hinterland and are looking for somewhere to stay, we highly recommend Taman Sari.  Private, luxurious pavilions set in magical tropical gardens situated near Mapleton and only 15 mins from the gallery.

Copyright laws apply to this web site. No image may be copied or reproduced without the permission of the artist. If you have any inquiries regarding this, please contact the gallery.




Since the first public showing of his work in 1980 at the Young Masters Gallery, Brisbane, Ken Gailer’s intensely rewarding art career has seen him progress through various stages. Ken Gailer’s intensely rewarding art career has seen him explore various styles, his recent work a revisit to a favourite; “Fragmented Romantic Landscapes”. This collection features Australia’s southeast coastal hinterland, broken up with different dimensions and Ken’s trademark patterns.

Ken has held more than 30 solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and his work forms part of corporate and private collections in Australia, England, America and Singapore.

Since 2009 he has been exhibiting his work internationally at Singapore’s Red Sea Gallery where it keeps attracting great interest and rave reviews. A large landscape in this latest series of work has been acquired for one of Singapore’s largest and most important private art collections.

Award highlights include:

  • 2001 Immanuel Art Festival, Open Award
  • 2000 Immanuel Art Festival, Local Artist Award
  • 1992 Noosa Arts Festival. Open Award
  • 1999 Marymount Art Festival, Gold coast, Open Award
  • 1989 Caloundra Arts Festival, Open Award
  • 1981 Caloundra Arts Festival, Open Award
  • 1979 Rockhampton Arts Festival Award
  • 1978 Caloundra Arts Festival, Open Award



Some of the ARTISTS Represented Over the Years



World renowned Master Glass Artist Brian Hirst has chosen Lasting Impressions Gallery as the venue for his first ever solo exhibition in Queensland.

As Sarah Evans in her essay writes, Hirst’s unique approach is a ‘Conversation between Glass and Metal’. His hand-blown vessels complemented by gold, silver, and even platinum, create an artform that hints at the functional yet is purely dedicated to the aesthetics of the work. Often drawing on ancient cultures, Hirst’s ‘Offering Vessels’ and ‘Votive Bowls’ combine glass with engraved precious metals. Evoking a sense of the sacred, they speak to more than the immediately obvious beauty of colour and reflection.

The current ‘Unika’ series forms the centrepiece of this exhibition. The use of gold, silver and copper foils are rolled into layers of hot glass. Up to 12 layers of glass and foils are combined to make each individually signed and numbered piece. The central motif has landscape references drawn onto the surface with foils and coloured glass canes. The ‘Unika’ series is a combination of love and materials and interest in contemporary design influences. Each piece is a unique work of art and a true collector’s item.

Brian Hirst has held over 20 solo exhibitions in Australia and overseas since 1986. His work has been acquired by the Art Gallery of WA, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of South Australia and the National Gallery of Australia. Overseas he is represented by museums in China, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan and the USA. He was awarded the prestigious Grand Prize at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art Museum, Japan ‘World Glass Now’ in 1994.

His 30-year history of engagement with glass art includes a period in the late eighties as the co-head of the Glass Workshop at Canberra School of Art at the ANU together with Klaus Moje, its founding head.


engraved glass, platinum & enamels
25.5 cm x 37 cm x 37 cm 





Internationally acclaimed Master Glass Artist Brian Hirst is represented in Queensland by Lasting Impressions Gallery.

Brian has held over 20 solo exhibitions in Australia and overseas since 1986. His work has been acquired by the Art Gallery of WA, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of South Australia and the National Gallery of Australia. Overseas he is represented by museums in China, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan and the USA. He was awarded the prestigious Grand Prize at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art Museum, Japan 'World Glass Now' in 1994.

His 30-year history of engagement with glass art includes a period in the late eighties as the co-head of the Glass Workshop at Canberra School of Art at the ANU together with Klaus Moje, its founding head.




Helene Grove
Helene is a Queensland-based artist. Through her commitment and dedication to her art, Helene has won and been a finalist in some of Australia's most sought-after art awards.

Acrylic on Board - 57 cm x 47 cm


  • Portia Geach Portrait Prize 2013
  • Tatersalls Prize for Landscape 2004.
  • Finalist:
  • Portia Geach Portrait Prize 1995, 2007
  • Dobell Drawing Prize 2007
  • Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 1994, 2007, 2010, 2011
  • Wynne Prize 2003
  • Fleurieu Landscape Prize 2000
  • Kedumba Prize for Drawing 1998 (acquired)
  • Her Archibald entries of 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 were hung at the Salon de Refuses in Sydney.

Acrylic on Canvas - 34 cm x 100 cm

Helene has had many solo and group exhibitions in Australia as well as England, South Africa and Norfolk Island. Her work is represented in many institutional, municipal and private collections through-out Australia and overseas. Helene lives currently in a coastal town in South East Queensland.




Helene Grove

"Life is but a series of moments". This motto guides Hélène's approach to painting. Her work catches the unexpected moment, the instant of movement, the splash of colour with an inimitable sense of humour. Often unrepresentational, Hélène's paintings capture the instant, holding on to the movement within a discernable situation, inviting the viewer to participate.

Hélène qualified and has practised as a Doctor of Medicine since 1970 but more recently, has committed herself to full time painting. This personal commitment has helped her to some impressive results in a number of the most sought-after art awards throughout Australia. Some of these include: being a finalist in the 1994 Archibald Prize, the 1994 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the 1995 Portia Geach Portrait Prize, the 1998 Kedumba Prize for Drawing (acquired), the 2000 Fleurieu Landscape Prize, the 2003 Wynne Art Prize, and this year culminating in the winning of the prestigious Tattersall's Art Prize 2004,

Hélène has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Australia and worldwide in countries such as England and South Africa and Norfolk Island. She is represented in institutional, municipal and private collections throughout Australia and overseas and currently resides in Queensland.

Selected to hang in the 2005, 2006 and 2007 'Salon des Refuses' alternative Archibald and Wynne Prize selection at the S.H. Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill, Sydney.






Lyn Diefenbach
Lyn was born in Yeppoon and grew up with a family heritage of painting, pottery and wood-turning and had a paintbrush in her hand from a very early age. After working exclusively in oils, Lyn began experimenting with pastel in July 1995 and was quickly drawn to its immediacy and spontaneity. A workshop at 'Willowbank' in Victoria with pastellist Ted Berry further enthused her, so much so, that in March 1998 she received her official recognition as a Master Pastellist from the Australian Pastel Society.

Lyn's philosophy is to be "always learning" and to achieve masterly qualities within her work. She takes time out from her busy schedule for personal development In 1999 she travelled to New York to study under world-renowned portrait artist Daniel E. Greene.

Lyn has become a sought after teacher in her own right, conducting regular workshops in pastel, oils and watercolour throughout Queensland. She has received many commissions and Awards particularly for portraiture and human interest paintings. Her exuberant florals are also highly sought after, captivating the viewer by colour, tone and texture.

Her paintings are represented in major regional collections as well as private collections within Australia and overseas.

First Prize in the recent 2006 'Spirit of the Outback' art competition with 'Time Stands Still'




Peter Hudson
Born in Townsville, Queensland, Peter lived in northern, outback and central Queensland for most of his early life.

He then moved to Brisbane to commence art education at the Queensland College of Art. Following his graduation Peter undertook a jewellery apprenticeship for 4 years.


Since 1995 Peter has made regular trips to the Northern Territory and to outback and northern Queensland to paint and to gather information for his art. He has a strong commitment to his work and a deep love of his main influence and inspiration - the Australian landscape and Australian culture. With the legacy of Arthur Boyd and Brett Whiteley behind him, and combined with his very own special paint magic and vision, Peter is producing some magnificent paintings.

Peter has been awarded several major Art Awards and his work hangs in numerous private and corporate art collections.



Avital Sheffer
Avital Sheffer grew up in Israel and arrived in Australia in 1990. Her lifelong engagement with the multi -faceted Middle Eastern cultures, history and design leads her inquiry into fundamental human concerns of materiality and spirituality. In her work she explores origins and the contemporary, language and memory - complexities and dilemmas.

earthenware - 59 cm x 24 cm x 14 cm SOLD

These earthenware vessels are an amalgam of culture and history. They are constructed with coil, slab and mould, multiple fired with applications of slips, glazes, pieces of text, textile patterns and floral motifs.

Since 2004, Sheffer has held eighteen solo exhibitions in USA, UK and Australia, including a touring show to Regional Galleries. Her work was presented at Collect Art, London, Sofia, New York and Chicago. She has been a finalist in numerous awards including the Blake Prize, Manning Art Prize and IV International Biennial of Ceramics in Korea.

In 2006 and 2008 Avital received Australia Council grants for new work. Her work is held in public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Sydney Powerhouse, Atelier d'Art de France, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Jewish Museum of Australia, Regional Galleries across Australia, as well as private, corporate and Foundations collections in Australia, US and Europe. Her work features in many art publications, the latest being 'The Pot Book' by Edmund de Waal.

earthenware - 80 cm x 23 cm x 17 cm

*Note: This exhibition has been extended and can now be viewed in the gallery until Sunday 4th of May.




Pam Walpole

Born in Victoria, Pam moved to Queensland at a young age and originally studied commercial illustration, making a career in the advertising industry. Her love for art, however, led her to later study fine art at the Brisbane Institute of Art.

Acrylic on Paper - 60 cm x 80 cm

Pam is a highly regarded painter and sculptor and has won many awards in both these areas of artistic expression. From 1994 - 1995 she was the president of the Society of Sculptors, Queensland but now devotes most of her time to painting.

She draws her inspirations from extensive travel into mostly remote but starkly beautiful places from the Antarctic to the Australian deserts. Her striking land and seascapes capture her impressions of the vast open spaces and endless vistas.

Pam's work is in many public and private collections, such as the Queensland Treasury, Brisbane City Council, University of the Sunshine Coast and Bank of Queensland amongst others.

She was awarded numerous corporate commissions including for the Cairns International Airport, the Greenslopes Hospital in Brisbane, the Wollongong Hospital and the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital, as well as numerous resorts and hotels in Surfers Paradise, and Hope, Hamilton and Whitsunday Islands.

Mixed Objects on Canvas - 1200 cm x 600 cm

Recent achievements include:

  • 2013 - Finalist in the Queensland Regional Art Awards to tour Queensland Regional Galleries in 2014.
  • 2012 - People's Choice Award Noosa Regional Gallery 'Show Us Your Art' exhibition.
  • 2012 - SCAP Sunshine Coast Art Prize finalist.
  • 2012 - Solo exhibition 'Panoramas' at Lasting Impressions Gallery
  • 2011 - Finalist in the Queensland Regional Art Awards with 'Flooded Memories' chosen to tour Queensland Regional Galleries.
  • 2011 - Solo exhibtion - Bungles and Beyond.
  • 2011 - People's Choice Award, Noosa Regional Gallery 'Show Us Your Art' exhibition.
  • 2010 - Noosa Art Award - First Prize, Painting.
  • 2010 - Sunshine Coast Art Prize - Finalist.
  • 2010 / 2008 - Kenilworth Mayor's Prize - Finalist.
  • 2008 - Sunshine Coast Art Prize - Finalist.
  • 2007 - Tattersall's Art Prize - Finalist.w
  • 2006 - Noosa Art Award - Open Prize.
  • 2006 / 2005 - Caloundra Art Festival - Open Prize.
  • 2005 - Caloundra Art Festival - Drawing Prize.
  • 2003 - Caloundra Art Festival - First Prize, Modern Painting.
  • 2001 - Pine Rivers Art Award - Open Prize the gallery.




Acrylic on Board - 36 cm x 36 cm

Ian Mastin
Ian was born in Leicestershire, England, and as a child moved with his family to Queensland, Australia.

It during was the mid 1980's when sketching for recreation, Ian was invited to exhibit his work in a Brisbane gallery. In 1991 he returned with his Scottish-born wife and their children to Britain, settling in East Lothian. It was here that again he was drawn back to his art, and after a year of experimentation in fundamental techniques, committed himself to painting full-time.

Realizing early in his career that traditional still life painted in acrylics would give him the direction he had been seeking, he rapidly developed, along with an obvious excellence in technique, a strong passion for this chosen genre.

Acrylic on Board - 36 cm x 30 cm SOLD

Though he gains inspiration from numerous sources such as the Dutch and Flemish Masters of the 17th Century, his work also suggests a timeless quality that is not bound by tradition or convention.

In particular, Ian enjoys working with items of simple utilitarian use - the detritus of life from earlier generations - a sense of appreciation in reflecting upon old, used everyday objects which may have little intrinsic value other than have a strong attachment to an intimate past.

Ian exhibits regularly throughout Scotland, England and now again, Australia, though his paintings with their obvious appeal are found in collections throughout the world.



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MARCH 10 - 24
A group exhibition of paintings by:
Bruce Buchanan, Lyn Diefenbach, Sue Gilmour, Helene Grove, Damien Kamholtz, Greg Postle and Marilyn Rose.

MAY 19 - JUNE 2
Brent Harvey - An exhibition featuring the much anticipated return of coastal 'Sandscape' paintings.

JULY 14 - 28
Ken Gailer - An exhibition of new paintings.

Marilyn Rose and Caz Dark - 'Cornucopia' A collaborative exhibition of colouful paintings to tantalize the senses.

Ian Mastin - An exhibition of classical still life paintings.


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We are presently showing a stock selection of Gallery Artists.

Our next scheduled avent on the 2007 calander will be a solo exhibition of recent paintings by *Hélène Grove. The exhibition can be viewed at the gallery from Sunday 8 July through to Sunday 22 July.

*Please note that the images seen on the linked Hélène Grove page are an indication only of her work and will not appear in the exhibition.

MAY 6 - 20
21st Birthday Exhibition by selected gallery artists.

JULY 8 - 22
An exhibition of recent paintings by Hélène Grove.

An exhibition of recent paintings by Damien Kamholtz.

An exhibition of recent paintings by Greg Postle.



MARCH 7 - 21

MAY 2 - 16

JULY 18 - AUG 1

SEPT 12 - 26

Included in this years schedule we are pleased to be introducing three of the galley's new artists: Matt Epple, Judith White and Damien Kamholz.