Sweet ex­hi­bi­tion:

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA HEALY

EV­ERY­ONE is buzzing at Um­brella Stu­dios due to an art ex­hi­bi­tion with a sweet twist.

The art gallery is show­cas­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion by lo­cal artist Honey Atkin­son, which dis­plays the life and sys­tems of the hum­ble hon­ey­bee.

Life of a Hon­ey­bee uses pho­tog­ra­phy and 3D ob­jects to give view­ers a glimpse into the world of the in­dus­tri­ous in­sect.

Ms Atkin­son’s own prod­uct Honey by Honey will also be one of sev­eral lo­cal hon­eys avail­able to sam­ple.

The artist said she wanted to dis­play the work­ings of the honey bee af­ter watch­ing her own hives in ac­tion.

“I have had bee hives for two years and had been check­ing the hives ev­ery few days and just be­came spell­bound by the shape within the hive … and it seemed like a great vis­ual con­cept,” she said.

“And the fact the sub­jects were in my own backyard made it even more spe­cial,” she said.

Cre­at­ing the pieces in­volved wear­ing a spe­cial suit to get close to the bees. The process spurred Ms Atkin­son to re­search her sub­jects and build an un­der­stand­ing of the plight fac­ing the hon­ey­bee.

“Peo­ple be­come aware of the threats fac­ing the bee and the over­all de­cline in honey pro­duc­tion world­wide as a re­sult of dis­ease and pes­ti­cides,” she said. “It‘ s been an ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til Au­gust 9.

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

SWEET STUDY: Pho­tog­ra­pher, artist and honey pro­ducer Honey Atkin­son has an ex­hi­bi­tion on bees show­ing at the Um­brella Stu­dios.

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