Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE / ARTS - WORDS: TONY GILL

The Sun­shine Coast has long had a rep­u­ta­tion for fine art – ever since the counter cul­ture of the late 1960s and early ’70s when the hippy gen­er­a­tion ar­rived in the re­gion. Writ­ers, mu­si­cians, per­form­ers and vis­ual artists came for a bet­ter life and over the years, many oth­ers have fol­lowed in their foot­steps. The Coast now boasts more than 40 art gal­leries in a re­gion from Gympie in the north to Ca­bool­ture in the south. Gal­leries abound from the hin­ter­land to the coast. Many are pri­vate gal­leries and co­op­er­a­tives. We also have ex­cep­tional pub­lic gal­leries in many of the re­gion’s towns and at the Uni­ver­sity of the Sun­shine Coast. As our re­gion grows into a ma­jor city, we look for­ward to the build­ing of a pub­lic art gallery wor­thy of our cul­tural and cre­ative her­itage. There is grow­ing sup­port for con­struc­tion of a land­mark art gallery in the hin­ter­land, look­ing over the mag­nif­i­cent Glass House Moun­tains that have been in­spi­ra­tional to artists of all per­sua­sions. Dare to dream that such a build­ing could be­come home to our rich cul­ture from the indige­nous lore of the moun­tains to the di­ver­sity of cre­ative tal­ent in all me­dia that ex­ists to­day and cel­e­brate those artists who have gone be­fore. The Sun­shine Coast Art Gallery Trail is the “go-to” web­site for all the in­for­ma­tion about what’s on in the vis­ual arts in our re­gion.

Gallery snip­pets

Art on Cairn­cross, Maleny Ian Mastin: Masters Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: Un­til Septem­ber 30 Queens­land artist Ian Mastin is a true mas­ter of his art. These skill­fully-crafted, still-life acrylic paint­ings con­vey the play of light spec­tac­u­larly and are so de­tailed, you feel you could eat the fruit or take a sip out of the glass. The works are com­ple­mented by sculp­ture from noted Queens­land artist Dr Rhyl Hin­wood. Caloundra Re­gional Gallery Sun­shine Coast Art Prize: Aus­tralian 2D Artists Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: Un­til Oc­to­ber 14 The Sun­shine Coast’s premier art prize is now in its 13th year. Con­tem­po­rary artists from all over Aus­tralia vie for this $25,000 prize and the op­por­tu­nity for a res­i­dency in the hin­ter­land. Head along and see if you agree with the judges. Uni­ver­sity of the Sun­shine Coast Art Gallery Var­i­ous artists: Dark Rit­u­als, Mag­i­cal Relics Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: Un­til Novem­ber 3 This ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores rit­ual as con­cept and a process to sub­vert and dis­rupt gen­der, time, power and rep­re­sen­ta­tional norms. Through a va­ri­ety of me­dia in­clud­ing video, sculp­ture, in­stal­la­tion and pho­tog­ra­phy, the artists in Dark Rit­u­als, Mag­i­cal Relics delve into the un­der­cur­rents of emo­tion, re­la­tion­ships, na­ture, cul­ture and re­li­gion to craft art­works that heed mes­sages of warn­ing, pro­tec­tion and cau­tion. Ju­lia Carter Stu­dio Gallery, Noosa Ju­lia Carter: The Magic of Noosa Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: Un­til Oc­to­ber 6 The Magic of Noosa is an ex­hi­bi­tion of new works by Noosa artist Ju­lia Carter. The ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brates the breath­tak­ing nat­u­ral beauty of Noosa’s stun­ning lo­cal land­scape. Carter play­fully cap­tures the unique essence of the Coast in vi­brant, up­lift­ing form.


THE CHOICE IS YOURS: Our re­gion has more than 40 art gal­leries that have some­thing to in­ter­est ev­ery­one. ABOVE: Ian Mastin’s Balanc­ing the Books. BOT­TOM LEFT: Julie Carter’s Lit­tle Cove (acrylic on linen). TOP LEFT: Monika Behrens’ Hunt­ing Tro­phy II.

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