Colourful town captured in art
LAST week’s Whitsunday Times brought you the story of two ladies putting our little beach town on the map with Wendy and Corrie’s Map of Airlie Beach. This week you have the chance to see the bigger picture – literally.
For the month of August, artist Wendy Eriksson – one half of the fierce lady duo – will have her artworks on display at Art Whitsunday’s Back Room Gallery in the Whitsunday Shopping Centre.
What a lot of people don’t realise about the quirky and colourful map of must-do’s in Airlie Beach is that it’s made up entirely of Ms Eriksson’s original paintings.
Ten months in the making, her exhibition is a chance for locals to see Airlie Beach through different eyes.
More than 30 paintings fill the room with an array of yellows, greens and blues, as the artist depicts her favourite local hubs, from a “dog beach” (Cannonvale Beach) and camel riding along the Airlie Beach foreshore to her partner in crime, Corrie Gardner, in a martini glass at Breeze Bar.
It also features iconic sym- bols from the town, such as Fish D’vine, Beachworx and Cactus Jacks.
Ms Eriksson said she would always find the ever-changing Airlie Beach inspiring.
“As an artist you’re always looking for what would make a good painting and it really wasn’t hard – there’s colour everywhere,” she said.
Maps, merchandise and prints will also be available from the gallery.
LOVE THIS PLACE: Experience a different kind of Airlie Beach at Wendy Eriksson's latest art exhibition. Photo: Charlotte Lam