Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | 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.

Some­times in life you are forced into go­ing out to an event you just don’t want to go to – a dis­tant rel­a­tive’s wed­ding, un­happy birthdays, funerals and, of course, elec­tion day.

Turn the neg­a­tive into a pos­i­tive and have a great day out.

There are so many art gal­leries on the Sun­shine Coast and many have great ex­hi­bi­tions cur­rently show­ing.

Pick a polling booth close to your gallery of choice and make a lunch book­ing at your favourite restau­rant or cafe.

Then you can for­get about all the prom­ises made by politi­cians (that surely will be bro­ken).

You may even re­turn home with a piece of art that just might make polling day a happy mem­ory.

While at the polling booth, in­quire about the can­di­dates’ cul­tural poli­cies and what they will do to en­hance our re­gion’s cul­tural as­sets.

Check the Sun­shine Coast Art Gallery Trail web­site for in­di­vid­ual gal­leries and their open­ing hours at www.sun­shinecoas­tart­gallery­trail.com.au.

Gallery snip­pets

Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast Art Gallery

Rivers Edge: Kim Guthrie

Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til June 29 This is an ex­hi­bi­tion of pho­to­graphs of Johns Land­ing Camp­ing Ground in Noosa by Sun­shine Coast-based artist Kim Guthrie. Guthrie vis­ited Johns Land­ing over a num­ber of years and with more fre­quency in the lead-up to the sale of the land to Noosa Re­gional Coun­cil. This ex­hi­bi­tion brings to­gether a se­lec­tion of the mov­ing por­traits and doc­u­men­tary pho­to­graphs by Guthrie that cap­ture this unique com­mu­nity.

Montville Art Gallery

Fea­ture artist: Bruce Buchanan

Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: Un­til May 31

Bruce Buchanan is a re­al­ist land­scape wa­ter-colourist. Hav­ing been an ar­chi­tect for most of his work­ing life, he has a nat­u­ral un­der­stand­ing of struc­ture, per­spec­tive, form, scale and de­tail which un­der­lines his metic­u­lous ap­pli­ca­tion of the medium.

But­ter Fac­tory Arts Cen­tre, Cooroy Con­ver­sa­tions be­tween In­ter­nal Land­scapes: Mar­garet Builder

Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til June 18

Mar­garet Builder says la­belling shapes stops you from see­ing. Her ab­stract work is the whole col­lec­tion of shapes. The idea is for it to evoke a feel­ing of what­ever it is that is evoked in you, not what she is try­ing to tell you to feel, or what a small la­bel might have you feel. Let’s say the work is in a lan­guage you don’t know and it is some­how ex­press­ing to you an ex­pe­ri­ence that is new and that is your own. This is an in­trigu­ing ex­hi­bi­tion.

Art on Cairn­cross, Maleny

Spec­trum: Sarah Larsen

Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til May 26

Spec­trum en­com­passes a range of works from land­scape to the hu­man con­di­tion for a jour­ney through land­scape, per­sonal in­ter­ac­tion and the spec­trum of emo­tion. It in­cludes a suite of works from her chil­dren’s book The Rain­bow Ele­phant in which she seeks to bring aware­ness about Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­der.


ABOVE: To Be Unique is a Beau­ti­ful Thing by Sarah Larsen at Art on Cairn­cross, Maleny. TOP LEFT: Cooroy’s But­ter Fac­tory Arts Cen­tre is dis­play­ing Ab­stract 1 by Mar­garet Builder.

Kim Guthrie's Penny Out­side Her Camp 2017 at the Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast Art Gallery.

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