SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS, GALLERIES
VISITORS NO DOUBT WILL BE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED AT THE DEPTH AND BREADTH OF CREATIVE TALENT ON DISPLAY
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.
ABOVE: Birdhouse Girl from Monte Lupo artists. ABOVE LEFT: Enjoy the experience of visiting an art gallery this weekend.