Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | ARTS - WORDS: Tony Gill Tony Gill is co-di­rec­tor of Art on Cairn­cross and has been in­volved in the vis­ual arts on the Sun­shine Coast for over 24 years.

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.

Gallery snip­pets

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


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