Un­der­sea crea­tures cap­tured in pho­tos and paint

Cou­ple share art­works

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY -

MARINE bi­ol­o­gists, div­ing hob­by­ists and artists Avril and Tony Ayling in­vite ev­ery­one to their new ex­hi­bi­tion Un­der the Sea.

The ex­hi­bi­tion of un­der­wa­ter photography, paint­ings and tex­tile works of­fi­cially opened last night at the Back Room Gallery of the Art Whit­sun­day store in Can­non­vale.

Mr and Mrs Ayling started their div­ing ca­reers 50 years ago, have been marine bi­ol­ogy con­sul­tants for more than 35 years and have been artis­tic all their lives.

“Well, Avril has been. I’ve only got­ten into photography in the last 10,” Mr Ayling said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures 35 art­works in a range of medi­ums from large can­vas prints of pho­to­graphs to minia­ture paint­ings and large fab­ric prints. There are about 20 paint­ings and fab­ric pieces and 15 pho­to­graphs in colour or black and white.

There is even a book of un­der­wa­ter pat­terns.

The cou­ple in­vites ev­ery­one to check out the beauty be­neath Whit­sun­day wa­ters.

“The sea is so full of won­der­ful crea­tures and beau­ti­ful colours,” Mr Ayling said.

The dis­play “Un­der the Sea” runs to June 30.

CLOSE EN­COUNTER: Artist Avril Ayling pho­to­graphs a friendly oc­to­pus. She and her hus­band have put to­gether an ex­hi­bi­tion called Un­der the Sea.

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