Artists in­spired by en­vi­ron­ment

Albany Advertiser - - AGENDA - Shan­non Smith

Two lo­cal artists are in­cor­po­rat­ing their love for the glo­ri­ous South Coast en­vi­ron­ment with art for their ex­hi­bi­tion, Nur­tur­ing Na­ture Through Art as part of the South­ern Art and Craft Trail.

Artists Karen Quain and Toni Hough fol­low the theme of na­ture in your back­yard to tell the story of lo­cal crea­tures.

As a wildlife ca­reer, Hough said they had in­cluded species that could be found in the South­ern Art and Craft Trail re­gion.

“I of­ten feel peo­ple take for granted the amaz­ing part of the world that we live in with its huge range of unique and beau­ti­ful flora and fauna,” she said.

“One thing is for sure, I never run out of in­spi­ra­tion to draw, and I hope I can in­stil in peo­ple the im­por­tance of our en­vi­ron­ment and all its in­hab­i­tants through my draw­ings.” She said many peo­ple may not be aware of the num­ber of en­dan­gered, threat­ened or unique species of flora and fauna in the re­gion.

“By hav­ing ex­hi­bi­tions such as this one I am hope­ful that we can bring aware­ness to a larger au­di­ence and help to in­spire ev­ery­one to at least be con­scious, or by cre­at­ing small havens within our own back yard to en­cour­age wildlife, which can make a big dif­fer­ence to species pop­u­la­tions,” Hough said.

Quain runs an en­vi­ron­men­tal program for pri­mary school stu­dents and said art was one way of teach­ing peo­ple to re­alise the beauty of na­tive flora ana and fauna.

“I use art as a tool to make a stas state­ment and to ed­u­cate oth­ers as it is open-ended so it gives the fre free­dom to ex­am­ine any topic ana and cre­ate a re­sponse — it me means ev­ery per­son can have the their own way of re­spond­ing,” s she said.

““We live in a very beau­ti­ful are area of the world and it is up to all of us to care for our cou coun­try.”

T The ex­hi­bi­tion will be held at th thehe South Coast Natural ResR Re­source Man­age­ment on MeM Mercer Road in Al­bany and op open­spe on Satur­day, Septem­ber 16 16.6.

T The artists will do­nate part of th thehe pro­ceeds from sales to the So Southou Coast En­vi­ron­ment FunFu Fund.

Quain shows the beauty of our na­tive flora.

Hough ex­presses a softer side of our fauna that peo­ple don’t al­ways see.

Karen Quain

Toni Hough

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