Won­ders of reef and for­est

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

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.

Pic­ture: MOYA STEVENS

Croc­o­dile by Con­nie Rossi

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