Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | ART - WORDS: TONY GILL

Re­cent calls by our mayor and lo­cal politi­cians for a new con­ven­tion, ex­hi­bi­tion and en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre to be lo­cated at Suncen­tral are well-timed with our new fed­eral gov­ern­ment now in­stalled. With state and lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions due next year, it is also time to take stock of our cul­tural as­sets and look to the fu­ture for an iconic art gallery for the Sun­shine Coast. We now have an arts ad­vi­sory board, an arts plan and a new Sun­shine Coast Arts Foundation to give di­rec­tion to what should be our ma­jor cul­tural as­set. The Sun­shine Coast is now ma­tur­ing as a city and wor­thy of a greater pres­ence with the arts. A new en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre will look af­ter the per­form­ing arts but our vis­ual arts need an art gallery that be­fits a city of more than 300,000 peo­ple. I have my views on where this art gallery should be placed for max­i­mum ben­e­fit to our residents and vis­i­tors but I’m sure there are many with their own opin­ion. If noth­ing else, let’s get the con­ver­sa­tion started and put our arts ad­vi­sory board and arts foundation to work. Check the Sun­shine Coast Art Gallery Trail web­site for in­di­vid­ual gallery opening hours at www.sun­shinecoas­tart­gallery­trail.com.au.

Gallery snip­pets Art on Cairn­cross, Maleny The Ur­ban Landscape: Paul Ching-bor Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til June 30 Paul Ching-bor is a Chi­nese-born Aus­tralian artist who has been re­sid­ing in New York for the past 20 years. Ching-bor has cer­tainly made his mark in the US and Europe. This ex­hi­bi­tion shows some of his ear­lier work. Montville Art Gallery Fea­ture artist: Laura Vec­mane Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til June 30 Fea­ture artist at Montville Art Gallery in June is Laura Vec­mane. Im­pres­sions of na­ture, ra­di­ant light, rich and vivid colours are con­stant themes show­ing in her art. Vec­mane lives and works in Maleny, where she is ex­plor­ing mo­tives of na­tive Aus­tralian fauna and flora, still lives and in­te­ri­ors.

USC Art Gallery River’s 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.

Cool Art Gallery, Coolum 2 blues& afro gina tawny suit: David Green and Veron­ica Cay Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til June 24

In an ex­is­ten­tial world, each per­son is re­spon­si­ble for de­ter­min­ing ev­ery new stage of their be­ing in ever-chang­ing sit­u­a­tions. The works of Cay and Green at­tempt to cap­ture these changes through the strengths and vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties of what it is to be hu­man with the creation of new and novel in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the here, now and yes­ter­year. This is the first time since 2013 that these lo­cal artists have ex­hib­ited to­gether on the Sun­shine Coast. Tony Gill is co-di­rec­tor of Art on Cairn­cross and has been in­volved in the vis­ual arts on the Sun­shine Coast for 25 years.


ABOVE: Wil­liamstown I, Vic­to­ria by Paul Ching-bor at Art on Cairn­cross. ABOVE LEFT: Cool Art Gallery, Coolum, has Fish With Le­mon, Se­quins and a Su­gar­bowl But No Pep­per­pot, 2017 by David Green.


Si­lent Voices by Laura Vec­mane at Montville Art Gallery.

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