Pass the hat for Aiden
Drunken bus driver nabbed
ONE of the many paintings on display on the Strom Gould Art launch is The Pub Floor Show.
It features Betty on the squeezebox and Albert Whiting on the fiddle who were the owners of the Court House Hotel from 1945 until 1983, when nephews Noel Weare on the lagerphone, and Adam Kadic bass, took over the lease, with Noeline Warner who also worked at the pub on harmonica.
Strom painted over the original faces, except for the Whitings, when the boys took over. THE build-up has started and it’s raining Stroms.
Fabulous paintings and prints by larger-than-life artist Strom Gould have been revealing themselves since a request was published two weeks ago in the Gazette.
The owners will put them on display for a one night only exhibition to be held in tandem with the launch of the public display of the four Strom paintings held by the Douglas Shire Historical Society. A PORT Douglas man was caught drink-driving by police on his way to work as a bus driver.
The 46-year-old was more than twice the legal limit with a blood alcohol content of .116 in the morning of Wednesday, October 12.
He was the only drink-driver charged in an operation by six traffic officers of the Queensland Police Service, three transport inspectors from Queensland Transport and the highway patrol in Port Douglas and Mossman for the day.
The operation was to target defective vehicles in the Douglas region and they were spread out across Port Douglas and Mossman at the same time to catch out drivers.
Twenty-one infringement notices were issued, including three bicycle offences, three mobile phone tickets, four defective vehicles and six speeding tickets.
Defect notices were also issued by Queensland Transport, two vehicles were impounded and towed for unlicensed drivers and unregistered vehicles.
The Trammie’s Daughter, Strom Self-portrait, The Night Watch and Courthouse X1 will be part of the Beautiful Art Space at the Meridien Marina.
Some paintings that have been loaned are from when Strom Gould visited the Daintree in 1937 and PNG in 1938, abstracts from the 1960s when he was regarded as one of the six best abstract artists in Australia and in the ’70s to ’80s more localised historic and landscape pieces and his well-known large-aslife and colourful caricature paintings of Port Douglas locals.
Also on display are exquisite Australian wildflower and bird cards from his illustrations, originally commissioned for the P & O Cruise Line in 1953.
The launch is on Thursday October 27 at the Meridien Marina at 6pm.
A one-off limited print run of collectible canvas prints of the four paintings owned by the DSHS are available for Strom fans and can be bought on the night and one set of these prints will be raffled. IT IS time to pass the hat around and dig deep to support three-year-old Aiden Toy and his family.
The Wonga Beach toddler is about to undergo the first of many operations to remove the Daintree ulcer attacking his foot.
Michaela Newton and On The Inlet colleague Jacqui Slattery decided they wanted to raise money to support the family when they travel to Cairns for the first operation in a couple of weeks.
“Aiden has a serious Daintree ulcer that is going to require years of painful surgeries and skin grafts and this means multiple hospital visits,” Michaela said.
“This fundraiser will give the Toy family some financial assistance during this tough time, as the whole family will need to travel with Aiden to support him while he undergoes lengthy hospital stays.”
Michaela decided to make it official anhas d is making next Wednesday, October 26, the day to “pass the hat around for Aiden”.
“We are not doing anything large because I am trying to do something quickly to raise some initial assistance for the first surgery,” she said.
“I would like to raise $2000 which will be enough to get Aiden an iPad because there will be so much time spent through the wet where Aiden won’t be able to be a normal three-and-a-half-year-old.
“The rest of the money will go towards accommodation because Tanya has a newborn and that way the family unit can be kept together.”
Both Michaela and Jacqui will be walking the streets of Port Douglas Friday, October 28, to collect the money raised and can be easily spotted by their white T-shirts with a picture of Aiden and his mum Tanya on them.
For more information or if you would like to donate, contact Michaela Newton or Jacqui Slattery at On the Inlet on 4099 5255.
Sense of Strom: some of the artist’s work which will be on display
Passing the hat around: Jacqui Slattery and Michaela Newton