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

The start of au­tumn brings many new ex­hi­bi­tions, par­tic­u­larly in our re­gional and pub­lic gal­leries. With In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day be­ing held on March 8, the Old Am­bu­lance Sta­tion in Nam­bour and the But­ter Fac­tory Arts Cen­tre at Cooroy have ex­hi­bi­tions themed around the many tal­ented fe­male artists who choose to live in the beau­ti­ful Sun­shine Coast. Then two women, Chantel Lid­bet­ter and Chloe Cox, have a de­but ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing at the Gympie Re­gional Gallery. They work in­di­vid­u­ally in many dif­fer­ent forms in­clud­ing paint­ing, sculp­ture and even an­i­mal cos­tumes, to present a meld­ing of imag­i­na­tion and re­al­ity. Else­where, the Dis­so­nant Rhythms in­stal­la­tion ex­hi­bi­tion by Ross Man­ning is at the Caloun­dra Re­gional Art Gallery and the Come Close group ex­hi­bi­tion con­tin­ues to in­trigue at the Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast Art Gallery. Artists have the op­por­tu­nity to en­ter the pres­ti­gious Sun­shine Coast Art Prize (now in its 14th year with a first prize of $25,000) and the new Du Ri­etz at the Gympie Re­gional Gallery with a prize pool of more than $13,000. You can find out about what’s hap­pen­ing in vis­ual art on the Sun­shine Coast Art Gallery Trail web­site. This is a great time of year to visit an art gallery.

Gallery snip­pets The Old Am­bu­lance Sta­tion, Nam­bour Women of Story: var­i­ous artists Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til March 31

Women Of Story is an In­ter­gen­er­a­tional Women’s Story and Art Ex­hi­bi­tion in cel­e­bra­tion of In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day. Cu­rated by Pe­riph­eral Arts, Women of Story is told by a col­lec­tive of Sun­shine Coast fe­male sto­ry­tellers, artists and mu­si­cians.

But­ter Fac­tory Arts Cen­tre, Cooroy Il­lu­mi­nate: var­i­ous artists Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til April 2

This is a hand-picked ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing the works of fe­male artists based in the Noosa, Sun­shine Coast and Gympie re­gions. More than a year in the mak­ing, Il­lu­mi­nate is a first col­lab­o­ra­tion for BFAC and WINDO (Women Ini­ti­at­ing New Di­rec­tions Or­gan­i­sa­tion), plat­form­ing our re­gion’s fe­male cre­atives and in sync with In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day and Queensland Women’s Week.

Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast Art Gallery Come Close: var­i­ous artists Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til March 16

Come Close is a group ex­hi­bi­tion of the work of Leonard Brown, Chris­tian Flynn, Ian Friend, Gor­don Shep­herd­son, Am­ber Wal­lis and Ju­dith Wright. Placed to­gether, the art­work of these six artists is as co­he­sive as it is dis­tinct. This co­he­sive­ness comes from a shared com­mit­ment to the ma­te­ri­al­ity of process and to work­ing with the ten­sions of form and form­less­ness.

Gympie Re­gional Gallery Imag­i­na­tion Mael­strom and No Re­funds: Chantel Lid­bet­ter and Chloe Cox (re­spec­tively) Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til April 20

This joint de­but ex­hi­bi­tion is a wild and won­der­ful ex­po­si­tion boast­ing the tal­ents of Chantel Lid­bet­ter and Chloe Cox, fea­tur­ing an ar­ray of styles and me­dia from paint­ings to sculp­tures to an­i­mal cos­tumes.

ABOVE LEFT: A mask in the Women of Story ex­hi­bi­tion at the Old Am­bu­lance Sta­tion. ABOVE RIGHT: Ellen Ap­pleby's Africa at the But­ter Fac­tory Arts Cen­tre. TOP LEFT: Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast Art Gallery has Am­ber Wal­lis's Bed and Fig­ure. BE­LOW: A col­lage of work at Cooroy's But­ter Fac­tory Arts Cen­tre by (from left) Lizzie Con­nor, Ann Gus­tavs­son, Mar­garet Builder, Yanni van Zijl and Rosie Lloyd-gil­bert. Pho­tos: Dr Lisa Raith (main left), courtesy of the artists and con­trib­uted.

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