THEY’RE MAD FOR ART IN MALENY
GALLERY IS A COLOURFUL SHOWCASE OF WORK BY AWARD-WINNING ARTISTS IN AN INTIMATE SETTING
One of the newer galleries in the Sunshine Coast hinterland is Maleny Art Direct, or MAD. Located on Maleny’s Maple St, the gallery is certainly a breath of fresh air. As visitors enter, they find themselves transported into another realm bathed in colour and texture – from stunning clay sculptures, metal art, bark art and hand-blown glass, to timeless acrylic and watercolour paintings, created predominantly by local artists. MAD was formed three years ago by owners Joanne Howard and artist Lindsay Muir. They started to notice a gap between the huge number of artists nestled within the creative surrounds of the hinterland and accessibility to the existing art galleries to exhibit their works. Today, MAD proudly showcases more than 20 remarkably talented artists in an intimate setting. Wander through the gallery and be impressed by the works of awardwinning national and international artists, such as Gary Myers, Lindsay Muir, Vanessa Perske, Nick Carey and Jane Nicol,. Curator Joanne and her staff are always willing to share the unique stories behind each artist and their one-of-a-kind pieces.
Art Nuvo - Buderim Nature: Monte Lupo artists Exhibition date: December 15 Art Nuvo has proudly worked with the Monte Lupo artists over the past seven years in selling their handmade mosaic garden sculptures and homewares. This exhibition features garden dwellers entwined with nature. Monte Lupo is the Australian Disability Enterprise service of Multicap and was established in 1991 to provide creative support employment opportunities for people with disability. Caloundra Regional Art Gallery Local Artist, Local Content: Art prize Exhibition dates: Until December 9 The Local Artist, Local Content prize is now in its fifth year. The winners have been announced, so head along to the Caloundra Regional Art Gallery and see a selection of the best creations by artists who live locally and are inspired by all aspects of our beautiful region. Paintings, ceramics, print making, photography and sculpture are featured. Make your choice and vote for the People’s Choice prize Butter Factory Art Centre – Cooroy Eclectica: Butter Factory Friends’ Finest Exhibition dates: Until November 27 Eclectica is the annual members’ exhibition for the Butter Factory Friends group. Painters, potters, jewellers and ceramicists make up the valued BFAC community and this annual exhibition offers an insight into the variety and scale of talent in the region. The exhibition is not curated and free of a particular theme or media requirements. Eclectica is an exhibition of artists united in their connection to community. Noosa Regional Gallery Lyn Mccrea Memorial Drawing Prize and Draw! 2018 Student Drawing Award Exhibition Dates: Until December 2 The annual Lyn Mccrea Memorial Drawing Prize is dedicated to the memory of this contemporary visual artist, art educator and collector. This national award promotes excellence in contemporary Australian drawing. It is accompanied by Draw!: a contemporary Drawing Award open to all Year 9-12 students living on the Sunshine Coast and in the Gympie region.
ON SHOW: The Local Artist, Local Content Best Watercolour prize winner (above) is Rosie Lloyd-giblett's Anchor Me to the River. ABOVE LEFT: Whale Girl (above left), mosaic ceramic, in the Monte Lupo artists' exhibition
MAD WORLD: Inside Maleny Art Direct.