Fly into bird ex­hi­bi­tion

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE -

THE Sun­shine Coast is set to show­case the works of some of the na­tion’s most ac­claimed wildlife artists, with Caloun­dra Re­gional Gallery host­ing the much-an­tic­i­pated

Holmes Ac­quis­i­tive Art Prize for Ex­cel­lence in Re­al­is­tic Aus­tralian Bird Art ex­hi­bi­tion between Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 8 and Sun­day, De­cem­ber 3.

The ex­hi­bi­tion – now in its third year – is this year jointly fa­cil­i­tated by the Caloun­dra Re­gional Gallery and its sup­port group, the Friends of the Gallery Caloun­dra. It show­cases two-di­men­sional bird art, with en­tries de­pict­ing a range of birdlife scenes.

Friends of the Gallery Caloun­dra pres­i­dent Marie Pig­ott said 40 fi­nal­ists had been se­lected, with artists in the run­ning to win the $15,000 ma­jor prize.

“The vol­ume and cal­i­bre of the en­tries has been re­mark­able, with artists from all states of Aus­tralia rep­re­sented in the fi­nal­ist line-up,” she said.

Ms Pig­ott said the to­tal prize pool for this year’s com­pe­ti­tion had been ex­tended to more than $20,000, with four prizes for ex­cel­lence as well as a $500 ju­nior award on of­fer in ad­di­tion to the ma­jor prize.

“We’re very grate­ful to bird art col­lec­tor Gary Holmes for his con­tin­ued gen­eros­ity in spon­sor­ing this event and for the en­cour­age­ment and recog­ni­tion the prize pro­vides for many tal­ented vis­ual artists,” she said.

Dr Holmes said the com­pe­ti­tion win­ner would be un­veiled on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 8 at the ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing tak­ing place from 6pm, with the win­ning art­work added to his prized pri­vate col­lec­tion.

“I have been col­lect­ing bird art for many years, and truly be­lieve Aus­tralia has some of the most tal­ented bird artists in the world,” Dr Holmes said.

“Pro­fes­sor Penny Olsen, who is an Aus­tralian or­nithol­o­gist and works in the Ecol­ogy and Evo­lu­tion di­vi­sion at Aus­tralian Na­tional Uni­ver­sity, will judge the com­pe­ti­tion and will be well-placed to as­sess how re­al­is­tic the rep­re­sen­ta­tions of birdlife are.”

Seven Sun­shine Coast artists have been se­lected as com­pe­ti­tion fi­nal­ists, in­clud­ing Michae­lah Baburin of Yan­d­ina, Peta Boyce of Mooloolah, Loris Clark of Bli Bli, Fiona Groom of Noosa, David Hardy of Coolum Beach, Bernar­dine Hine of Palmview and Chris Pos­tle of Mount Coolum.

To find out more phone (07) 5492 1482 or email friend­soft­he­gallerycaloun­dra@gmail.com.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WINGED GLORY: Ligh Play – Spoon­bill, by 2017 Holmes Art Prize fi­nal­ist Pete Mar­shall.

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