OBITUARY: Former art school owner shared his ideas with all
FRANK Mackenzie Hunt passed away, quickly and quietly, while in Brisbane receiving treatment for his medical condition.
On February 9, he was diagnosed with myeloma and slipped away on March 14 with his family at his side, totally devastated at his rapid decline.
He had retired from his career as an avionics engineer with Qantas in Sydney in the late 1990s. During those years, while working full-time, he also acquired a second "career" by receiving a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Hons) and a Graduate Diploma of Education from the University of Wollongong.
Frank came to Yeppoon at the turn of the century, abandoned aeroplanes for boats and joined the Coast Guard and enjoyed the new environment and the camaraderie with the other members.
He completed his Bachelor of Education at QUT and worked for a time as a teacher at St Ursula's College and St Brendan's College. But it was his love for and knowledge of art that Frank offered to the Yeppoon community.
He gave his time and expertise to community fine arts groups for a number of years, helping them develop their skills and knowledge of the diverse facets and techniques of art.
His office and artspace at 22 James St, "Tabone's Corner Upstairs", was very welcoming and often animated with artists discussing their own and others art, art in general and asking advice which was always generously given. Locals and tourists popped in to look at the eclectic art displayed and at times watched Frank create his own artworks.
He had great respect for the "individuality" of all artists and supported and encouraged them to pursue their own form of art, their own creativity, irrespective of the often uninformed self-appointed critics. He held many exhibitions in the iconic building, giving well-known and up-and-coming artists the opportunity to present their works to the public.
In recent years, he established his art school and offered private lessons which were eagerly visited by many.
Established artists came, wanting to move to other genres such as sculpture, art history and indeed move on to academic studies. Beginners were welcomed and came and learned basic skills and knowledge and the pleasure and joy of their own creativity.
His contribution to the arts community will be missed by many, as will his sprightliness and charming, cheeky personality.