Winged things cel­e­brated

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Moya Stevens

SET­TING up Dou­glas Arts Base’s new­est ex­hi­bi­tion this week didn’t nec­es­sar­ily have or­gan­is­ers in a flap, but the theme, Things with Wings, has cer­tainly brought out the creative side of our lo­cal artists.

“It is lovely to have such a broad theme for this ex­hi­bi­tion and the artists have told me how much they like cre­at­ing to a theme,” Ellen Ter­rell, DAB’s vice pres­i­dent, said at set up,

The theme was cho­sen by the com­mit­tee to co­in­cide with Na­tional Bird Week at the end of Oc­to­ber, and Ellen her­self is an artist and avid bird counter for Birdlife Aus­tralia.

There will be more than 30 artists rep­re­sented in the ex­hi­bi­tion and many were help­ing with the set­ting up on Wed­nes­day.

“There is such a wide range of me­dia and sub­jects from rhino bee­tles to manta rays in paint­ings, mo­saics, macramé, felt­ing and more,” Ellen said,

One of the artists, An­nji Rodgers of Moss­man, said that she is dis­play­ing one watercolour and two scratch­board pieces.

“Scratch­board is a black matt fin­ished board with white clay un­der­neath and, us­ing a sharp ob­ject such as a scalpel or foun­tain pen nib, you etch out the de­sign,” An­nji ex­plained.

An­nji, who joined DAB eight years ago, said that her pre­ferred medium was watercolour and she was still try­ing to find out what type of wa­ter- colour suits her.

“I’m still try­ing to find out what I’m good at and I’ve done land­scapes, seas­capes, dogs – you name it,” she said.

Jeanette War­wick, who has done ceram­ics in Cal­i­for­nia and Bris­bane, has only been a DAB mem­ber for a year.

“I love ceram­ics – all hand made and dec­o­rated by me,” Jeanette ex­plained.

“And af­ter 25 years do­ing pot­tery and ceram­ics, I can’t not do it.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be opened by Ellen Ter­rell on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 5, at 6.30pm and the in­vi­ta­tion is ex­tended to the gen­eral pub­lic.

Things with Wings ex­hi­bi­tion is open 10am to 2pm, Mon­day to Satur­day un­til Oc­to­ber 20 at DAB’s gallery, 11 Mill St, Moss­man.

Many of the items will be avail­able for pur­chase.

Pic­ture: MOYA STEVENS

In­ger Rowe with her Cas­sowary paint­ing for the DAB Things With Wings show at Dou­glas Arts Base,

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