A GREAT OP­TION FOR THE HOL­I­DAYS

AS THE WEATHER TURNS SLIGHTLY CHILLY, A TOUR OF RE­GION’S GAL­LERIES IS SOME­THING TO SAVOUR

Life & Style Weekend - - ART - 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 25 years.

Easter and the school hol­i­days are great times to check out what the Sunshine Coast has on of­fer in its great range of art gal­leries. As the weather cools and the beach is not so at­trac­tive, the art gal­leries are a great al­ter­na­tive. If you are around the south­ern end of the Coast, there are great ex­hibits in­clud­ing the Caloun­dra Re­gional Gallery and Red Ink Rodeo Stu­dio in Caloun­dra, with Seav­iew Artists and Hol­loway Gal­leries lo­cated at Mof­fat Beach. To the north, Mooloolaba has the won­der­ful Gallery Be­neath and Blue Chip In­vest­ment Art Gallery, Ma­roochy­dore hosts its Li­brary Art Space and fur­ther on at Coolum is the Cool Art Gallery. Around Noosa, you will find the re­gional gallery at Te­wantin and great dis­plays in Hast­ings St in­clud­ing Jive Art, Tracey Keller and Nis­sarana Gal­leries. Col­lec­tors Fine Art is in Noosa Junc­tion, while the Old Pomona Rail­way Sta­tion Gallery is to the north. The hin­ter­land is alive with art. Apart from some unique art at the fa­mous mar­kets, look for Ar­ti­san Gallery and Wan’din’in Gallery in Eumundi. Stevens St Gallery and the Yan­d­ina His­toric House Art Gallery are fea­tures in Yan­d­ina and in Bud­erim, try Art Nuvo with a great range of paint­ings, prints, ce­ramic and sculp­ture. The Black­all Range has al­ways had a plethora of vis­ual arts. An ar­ray of pieces

from David Lin­ton, Peace of Green, Maleny Art Di­rect and Ben Messina are all lo­cated in Maleny, with Art on Cairn­cross out near the won­der­ful Glass House Moun­tains. Montville is home to Ben Messina’s sec­ond pho­to­graphic gallery, along with the iconic Montville Gallery, great craft at Mak­ersville, ex­quis­ite glass at Il­lume Cre­ations, and the new Kather­ine Wood Fine Art (be­hind the wa­ter­wheel). Se­crets is lo­cated just out of town on the beau­ti­ful shores of Lake Ba­roon. All this makes for a great day out or maybe a tour over sev­eral days, lunch­ing as you go at one of the many pop­u­lar restau­rants and cafes. See you in an art gallery soon. Check the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Trail web­site for in­di­vid­ual gal­leries open­ing hours at www.sun­shinecoas­tart­gallery­trail.com.au

Gallery snip­pets Art on Cairn­cross, Maleny Nocturnal: Kim Wil­son Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til April 28

An ex­hi­bi­tion of black-and-white paint­ings by Bris­bane artist Kim Wil­son is an in­trigu­ing look at what hap­pens in the an­i­mal king­dom af­ter dark. Wil­son paints nocturnal an­i­mals as we rarely see them.

Caloun­dra Re­gional Art Gallery Paint­ing Space: var­i­ous artists Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til May 26

Cu­rated by Mar­garet Ellen Turner, fea­tur­ing the work of Car­ley Cor­nelis­sen, Mar­garet Ellen Turner, Ali­son Mooney and Robyn Shaw, Paint­ing Space ex­plores the dif­fer­ent ways in which con­tem­po­rary painters en­gage with ideas of space through their work.

Blue Chip Art Gallery, Mooloolaba Spe­cial fea­ture: Pro Hart Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til April 30

This is a fea­ture of 17 paint­ings from this leg­endary pain­ter – one of Aus­tralia’s best-known and loved artists, who sadly died 13 years ago. The works are across a range of gen­res and me­dia and in­clude work from his per­sonal col­lec­tion.

PHO­TOS: COUR­TESY OF BLUE CHIP ART (MAIN) AND COUR­TESY OF THE ARTIST

A LEGACY: Dock­lands by Pro Hart (circa 1986) at Blue Chip Art Gallery, Mooloolaba. ABOVE LEFT: Art on Cairn­cross, Maleny, has Ta­bles Turned by Kim Wil­son.

PHOTO: BEN VOS PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Mar­garet Turner with art­works at Caloun­dra Re­gional Art Gallery.

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