Rob’s cafe just the place for an art show

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

ROB’S Place main man Rob Hub­bard is known for his skills with pas­try and po­etry but his store in Dain­tree Vil­lage is go­ing to have a change of mood in April with the set­ting up of an art show that will run for weeks.

On at 7 pm, on Satur­day, April 2, Rob’s spa­cious cafe will launch a show com­pris­ing works from two lo­cal artists and a Syd­ney artist.

The idea came about, says Rob, when a friend, Elisa Wright, vis­ited the vil­lage and they hap­pened on the no­tion of hold­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion.

Rob says it could be the be­gin­ning of a ded­i­cated artspace at the cafe.

“We’ve got three big walls that we can use – it’s a big space, and I’ve al­ways had the idea in the back of my mind to get art in here to give peo­ple some­thing to look at and some­thing dif­fer­ent from a coffee shop point of view.

“All of it will be for sale, so cus­tomers can buy some­thing and take it home.”

The open­ing prom­ises to be a high­light for the quiet vil­lage. “I think lots of the vil­lage will come along,” Rob said.

“We’ll be hav­ing cham­pers and nib­bles, and we’ll be cook­ing sausage rolls.

“It’s BYO ba­si­cally and peo­ple can bring what they want, have a look at the art and meet a cou­ple of the artists – and we’ll see how we go from there.

“A lot of the vil­lage peo­ple are talk­ing about it.”

Elisa Wright is a wa­ter­colourist from Raven­shoe.

With her will be Robyn Ross, an ex­per­i­men­tal artist from Cairns who works mixed in­volv­ing ev­ery­thing from pas­tels to oils and pho­tos.

From Syd­ney there will be work by Zoe Gra­ham, who grew up in Bathurst, in coun­try NSW.

She de­lights in colour and tex­ture and ex­per­i­ment­ing with new tech­niques.

Ms Gra­ham has ex­hib­ited work in the Syd­ney Royal Easter Show and does com­mis­sion work.

Her Aus­traliana se­ries has proved pop­u­lar with over­seas trav­ellers.

Elisa Wright stud­ied with pro­fes­sional wa­ter­colourist Reg Cox in Mel­bourne more than 28 years ago.

Since then, and re­lo­cat­ing to Raven­shoe, she has ex­hib­ited in gal­leries in the north as well as hold­ing her own ex­hi­bi­tions with reg­u­lar sales suc­cess in­ter­na­tion­ally in­clud­ing many awards in her par­tic­u­lar genre of water­colour.

Ma­jes­tic sky­lines, whirl­wind seascapes and misty rain­for­est wa­ter­falls are typ­i­cal of her unique evoca­tive style which is in­spired by her en­vi­ron­ment at Raven­shoe.

(View Elisa Wright’s web­site – eli­sawright­wa­ter­colourist.big­car­

Im­pres­sions of Cairns, by Robyn Ross

The Hut, by Zoe Gra­ham

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