Fly into bird exhibition
THE Sunshine Coast is set to showcase the works of some of the nation’s most acclaimed wildlife artists, with Caloundra Regional Gallery hosting the much-anticipated Holmes Acquisitive Art Prize for Excellence in Realistic Australian Bird Art exhibition between Wednesday, November 8 and Sunday, December 3.
The exhibition – now in its third year – is this year jointly facilitated by the Caloundra Regional Gallery and its support group, the Friends of the Gallery Caloundra. It showcases two-dimensional bird art, with entries depicting a range of birdlife scenes.
Friends of the Gallery Caloundra president Marie Pigott said 40 finalists had been selected, with artists in the running to win the $15,000 major prize.
“The volume and calibre of the entries has been remarkable, with artists from all states of Australia represented in the finalist line-up,” she said.
Ms Pigott said the total prize pool for this year’s competition had been extended to more than $20,000, with four prizes for excellence as well as a $500 junior award on offer in addition to the major prize.
“We’re very grateful to bird art collector Gary Holmes for his continued generosity in sponsoring this event and for the encouragement and recognition the prize provides for many talented visual artists,” she said.
Dr Holmes said the competition winner would be unveiled on Wednesday, November 8 at the exhibition opening taking place from 6pm, with the winning artwork added to his prized private collection.
“I have been collecting bird art for many years, and truly believe Australia has some of the most talented bird artists in the world,” Dr Holmes said.
“Professor Penny Olsen, who is an Australian ornithologist and works in the Ecology and Evolution division at Australian National University, will judge the competition and will be well-placed to assess how realistic the representations of birdlife are.”
Seven Sunshine Coast artists have been selected as competition finalists, including Michaelah Baburin of Yandina, Peta Boyce of Mooloolah, Loris Clark of Bli Bli, Fiona Groom of Noosa, David Hardy of Coolum Beach, Bernardine Hine of Palmview and Chris Postle of Mount Coolum.
To find out more phone (07) 5492 1482 or email friends of the gallery firstname.lastname@example.org.
WINGED GLORY: Ligh Play – Spoonbill, by 2017 Holmes Art Prize finalist Pete Marshall.