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The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Front Page - THE FANTASTIKS Un­til Fe­bru­ary 4 Cairns Re­gional Gallery JOANNA ROBERTS: SYN­THETIC BIOTA Un­til Fe­bru­ary 12

Cairns Cho­ral So­ci­ety presents the world’s long­est-run­ning mu­si­cal Jan­uary 13-28. fea­tures mu­sic by Har­vey Sch­midt and book and lyrics by Tom Jones. It has had more than 17,000 per­for­mances off-Broad­way. The Fantastiks tells a sim­ple love story, sim­ply staged, about two neigh­bor­ing fa­thers who trick their chil­dren into fall­ing in love by pre­tend­ing to feud, then hir­ing ac­tors to stage a mock ab­duc­tion, so the boy can hero­ically seem to save the girl, end­ing the sup­posed feud. Visit cairn­schoral­so­ci­ety.com.au o As a Cairns-born artist, Ian Smith has con­sis­tently re­turned to the city of his child­hood through the sub­ject mat­ter of his paint­ings. Home Grown Images ex­am­ines the im­pact of the Far North on Smith’s artis­tic ca­reer, through a sur­vey of works from the 1980s to today. Im­agery of fam­ily sits com­fort­ably among land­scapes of the re­gion from the Reef to the rain­for­est and the high­ways that in­ter­sect. Through this Smith con­structs a nar­ra­tive that ex­plores the dy­namic evo­lu­tion of the re­gion he still calls home. Joanna Roberts is an artist and de­signer whose work em­braces the colour and sculp­tural pos­si­bil­i­ties of con­tem­po­rary ma­te­ri­als and in­dus­trial pro­cesses. The ar­ti­fi­cial biota in this ex­hi­bi­tion is in­spired by the beauty and colour of the plants and crea­tures unique to Far North Queens­land. Her works closely re­sem­ble, in shape, form and colour, nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring flora and fauna. The artist’s use of size and scale is an im­por­tant artis­tic de­vice and means of en­gag­ing the au­di­ence.

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