Wonders of reef and forest
THE latest exhibition of Douglas Arts Base (DAB), Wonders of the Reef and Rainforest, was opened last Friday night and forms part of the Port Douglas Carnivale.
The artworks span the breadth of media produced by members of DAB, from oils, watercolour and acrylic paintings, to felting, photography and ceramics.
Each of the pieces represents an artist’s response to the reef and rainforest and with 33 artists contributing from their own collections, the 130 items are varied in media and content.
Noted watercolour artist and tutor, Gail Shaw, opened the exhibition and explained how the art on show is for her “a reflection of the fabulous place we call home”.
“Being one of the few places on earth where rainforest, ocean and coral meet, far north Queensland provides an artist with marvellous and extraordinary creative opportunities,” Gail said. “We are spoilt for subject choice and this attracts artists from around Australia and indeed from around the world,” she said.
Being part of the Carnivale Festival, the exhibition highlights the creative talents of local artists and features the area’s unique birdlife, vegetation and animals.
Mandy Ryan, DAB committee member, said it is important DAB contribute to the festival. The exhibition will attract both residents and visitors to the region, it was an opportunity for local artists to sell their work.
“The majority of works are for sale and we have already sold several pieces tonight,” Mandy said.
“We have extended our opening hours on the weekend,” Mandy explained, “so we will be open from 10am to 4pm on this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”
Regular opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 10am to 2pm. The exhibition will be on display until June 3.
Crocodile by Connie Rossi