DAB show a look at the year in art

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE - Moya Stevens

THE Dou­glas Art Base (DAB) opened its End of Year Ex­hi­bi­tion on Fri­day night, and the range and qual­ity of works is im­pres­sive.

The ex­hi­bi­tion show­cases the va­ri­ety of me­dia taught and pro­moted at DAB and in­cludes wa­ter­colour, oils and acrylic paint­ings, pot­tery, glass work, felt­ing, mo­saics and jew­ellery.

The func­tion, at­tended by more than 60 mem­bers and guests, high­lighted the in­ter­est and par­tic­i­pa­tion of be­gin­ners to pro­fes­sional artists.

“We are for­tu­nate to have many ex­pert tu­tors in­volved with DAB and we hold for­mal lessons in an ar­ray of me­dia to ca­sual ses­sions and work­shops where the fo­cus is fun,” pres­i­dent of DAB, Ms Liz Shown­iruk, said, “and we have been very pleased to have two new tu­tors join us this year.

The ex­hi­bi­tion rep­re­sents the mem­bers’ work over the past 12 months.

Ms Leanne Em­mitt is a prac­tis­ing lo­cal artist who had spe­cialised in draw­ing and por­trait paint­ing, and has re­cently turned her tal­ents to glass slump­ing and fus­ing.

“The trans­la­tion of the tech­niques I have ac­cu­mu­lated to a new medium, to give a com­pletely dif­fer­ent and un­ex­pected out­come, is re­ally ex­cit­ing,” Leanne said.

A va­ri­ety of print­mak­ing tech­niques are also taught at DAB and tu­tor Ju­dith Cor­rig- han said she has given classes in linocut and etching, how­ever hopes to ex­pand on this next year.

“I am very keen on teach­ing the Ja­panese style of wood­cut print­ing,” she said.

The Peter Cully Award is an an­nual hon­our given to the painter or sculp­tor who has shown out­stand­ing com­mit­ment and im­prove­ment. This year the award was pre­sented to Ms Mandy Ryan.

Mandy said that she was sur­prised and thrilled to re­ceive the award and ex­pressed her en­thu­si­asm for DAB and the pur­suit of her artis­tic in­ter­ests.

A Peo­ple’s Choice Award is also given each year. The votes are col­lected from vis­i­tors to the End of Year Ex­hi­bi­tion.

The Pres­i­dent an­nounced that the pro­gram for exhibitions and cour­ses will be avail­able in Jan­uary and pre­dicted it will be another busy and pro­duc­tive year.

“We at DAB have some­thing to of­fer ev­ery­one and the va­ri­ety of works on dis­play is tes­ti­mony to that,” Liz said.

“Many of the pieces are for sale, and with prices start­ing from $20 it is a great op­por­tu­nity to buy orig­i­nal, lo­cal gifts for Christ­mas.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion is open 10am to 2pm Mon­day to Satur­day un­til De­cem­ber 17.

Pic­tures: MOYA STEVENS

Jen­nifer Foster-Hamil­ton with her work 'Day­dreamer'

Mandy Ryan and her 'Gar­den Totem Pole'

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