SUP­PORT LO­CAL ARTISTS, GAL­LERIES

VISI­TORS NO DOUBT WILL BE PLEAS­ANTLY SUR­PRISED AT THE DEPTH AND BREADTH OF CREATIVE TAL­ENT ON DIS­PLAY

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

With Christ­mas ap­proach­ing, now is the time to sup­port your lo­cal arts in­dus­try. Did you know that artists are among the most tal­ented and creative but worst-paid in­di­vid­u­als in Aus­tralia? With a few no­table ex­cep­tions, most ex­ist be­low the av­er­age wage and many be­low the poverty line. When you buy a piece of art, you re­ceive some­thing unique and in­di­vid­ual – some­thing that no one else has. But more than that, you sup­port creative peo­ple and keep them en­thused about their work. Many of our pub­lic and pri­vate gal­leries have ex­hi­bi­tions in place for Christ­mas and the hol­i­day sea­son. Most gal­leries will be open through­out De­cem­ber and Jan­uary, so on a day when it is rain­ing or even too hot for the beach, check out some of the in­spi­ra­tional tal­ent in an art gallery. You will be pleas­antly sur­prised to see the di­ver­sity on show. And with a se­lec­tion of more than 40 art gal­leries in the greater Sun­shine Coast re­gion, you can’t miss find­ing an en­joy­able ex­hi­bi­tion or some­thing you will trea­sure for the rest of your life. The eas­i­est way to dis­cover the art gal­leries is to visit the Sun­shine Coast Art Gallery Trail web­site at www.sun­shinecoast art­gallery­trail.com.au.

Gallery snip­pets Noosa Re­gional Gallery Tree Place: var­i­ous artists Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til Jan­uary 27 When Noosa artist Anne Har­ris fol­lowed the fallen form of an an­cient tree to the lo­cal rub­bish dump and made the de­ci­sion to sal­vage it rather than watch it be chipped, she set about a chain of events that has seen some 25 sep­a­rate creative projects de­velop. Each of th­ese artis­tic off­shoots will be re­vealed dur­ing Tree Place: an ex­hi­bi­tion Har­ris has cu­rated for Noosa Re­gional Gallery this sum­mer.

Art Nuvo, Bud­erim Na­ture: Monte Lupo artists Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til 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 is ti­tled Na­ture and will fea­ture 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.

Ma­roochy­dore Li­brary Artspace Tree Di­a­logues: Ni­cole Vo­evodin-cash Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til De­cem­ber 15 Tree Di­a­logues by lo­cal artist Ni­cole Vo­evodin-cash is about a se­ries of draw­ings cre­ated by trees based on the in­trigu­ing no­tion of cap­tur­ing a dis­crete visual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a suc­ces­sion of in­ter­ac­tive move­ments by an or­gan­ism and the nat­u­ral el­e­ments.

Cool Art, Coolum TWELVE: con­tem­po­rary fe­male artists Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til De­cem­ber 22 This is an ex­hi­bi­tion by some of the re­gion’s lead­ing con­tem­po­rary fe­male artists, show­cas­ing their di­ver­sity of sub­ject and me­dia. Artists in­clude Pam Walpole, Des Rolph, Ni­cole Vo­evodin-cash and Kym Bar­rett.

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.

PHO­TOS: COUR­TESY OF ART NUVO (MAIN) AND CON­TRIBUTED

ABOVE: Bird­house Girl from Monte Lupo artists. ABOVE LEFT: En­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence of vis­it­ing an art gallery this week­end.

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