A GALLERY TO DREAM ABOUT
LANDMARK HINTERLAND ART GALLERY WOULD BEFIT THE REGION
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.
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.