OUR OWN GALLERY MUST BE NEXT
OUR REGION IS GROWING UP AND DESERVES A GREATER ARTS PRESENCE
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.