Colour­ful town cap­tured in art

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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

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