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

The third an­nual Hori­zon Fes­ti­val opened yes­ter­day and Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil is to be com­mended for this con­tin­u­ing ini­tia­tive to pro­mote the arts.

How­ever, it is im­pos­si­ble to em­brace all our cul­tural events un­der one ban­ner in such a di­verse and rich artis­tic area.

The vi­brant art scene on the Sun­shine Coast has shone for the past 40 years or more, through com­mer­cial as well as pub­lic gal­leries, work­shops and open stu­dios.

Many of these sites also have ex­hi­bi­tions or events hap­pen­ing dur­ing the Hori­zon Fes­ti­val, so it is al­ways worth look­ing into the va­ri­ety of hap­pen­ings to be ex­pe­ri­enced at all times of the year, to keep the horizons ex­pand­ing on all fronts.

The Coast is Queens­land’s ma­jor pro­vin­cial artis­tic cen­tre and one of the lead­ing vis­ual arts des­ti­na­tions in Aus­tralia.

This fes­ti­val can be­come a ma­jor player in the cul­tural fes­ti­vals of the na­tion and will steadily em­brace all arts ac­tiv­i­ties.

Along with the 14th an­nual Sun­shine Coast Art Prize (the win­ner to be an­nounced next week), it stands the re­gion in good stead to only in­crease its pro­file as “the arts des­ti­na­tion”.

We look for­ward to our peak tourism body cre­at­ing the long awaited Cul­ture Trail as a wel­come reaf­fir­ma­tion of the strength of cul­ture on of­fer.

It is great to see the Hori­zon Fes­ti­val grow and reach an in­creas­ing au­di­ence, who will see that there is al­ways a rea­son to en­joy the arts of the re­gion.

Visit www.hori­zon­fes­ti­

Check the Sun­shine Coast Art Gallery Trail web­site for the many tal­ented artists and the in­di­vid­ual gal­leries open­ing hours at www.sun­shinecoas­tart­gallery­


Caloun­dra Re­gional Art Gallery

Sun­shine Coast Art Prize: var­i­ous artists Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til Septem­ber 15

The an­nual Sun­shine Coast Art Prize is show­ing at Caloun­dra Re­gional Art Gallery. Now in its 14th year, the prize show­cases a se­lec­tion of the best con­tem­po­rary art in Aus­tralia. With the win­ner re­ceiv­ing $25,000 this prize is highly re­garded among the na­tion’s best artists in all two-di­men­sional me­dia. Be a part of this ex­hi­bi­tion and vote for your peo­ple’s choice award.

Uni­ver­sity of the Sun­shine Coast Art Gallery Ex­per­i­menta Make Sense: In­ter­na­tional Tri­en­nial of Me­dia Art

Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til Septem­ber 7 This is an ex­hi­bi­tion that ex­presses the dis­con­cert­ing and de­light­ful world of the dig­i­tal age. Play­ful and chal­leng­ing, each art­work asks au­di­ences to im­merse their senses into a think­ing, feel­ing and do­ing con­tem­pla­tion of what it is to be hu­man in the dig­i­tal age of tech­no­log­i­cal ac­cel­er­a­tion. Ex­per­i­menta Make Sense fea­tures more than 20 lead­ing in­ter­na­tional and Aus­tralian artists who are in­volved in me­dia art.

Art Nuvo, Bud­erim

Natives and Na­ture: var­i­ous artists Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til Au­gust 31

This group ex­hi­bi­tion brings to Bud­erim four out­stand­ing fe­male artists: Jen­nie Fawck­ner, from Toowoomba, with her land­scape and flo­ral oil paint­ings; Shan­non Gar­son, from Maleny, with her fine highly dec­o­rated porce­lain ves­sels; Emma Nan­car­row, from Noosa, who cap­tures natives from her gar­den in acrylic on can­vas; and Far­ley Cameron, from Bud­erim, with her ink flo­rals through silk on pa­per.

Noosa Re­gional Gallery

USE: se­lected artists

Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til Septem­ber 8

USE is a new ex­hi­bi­tion of con­tem­po­rary jewellery and small ob­jects, ex­plor­ing the im­pact of tools in ar­ti­san prac­tice, de­vel­oped by the Jewellers and Me­tal­smiths Group of Queens­land.

Tony Gill is co-di­rec­tor of Art on Cairn­cross and has been in­volved in the vis­ual arts on the Sun­shine Coast for 25 years.

Pic­tures: Cour­tesy of the artists

NAT­U­RALLY BEAU­TI­FUL: At Art Nuvo, Bud­erim, is Emma Nan­car­row's In Flight. TOP LEFT: Caloun­dra Re­gional Art Gallery fea­tures Ste­fan Dun­lop’s Splash IV.

Pic­ture: Michelle Bow­den, Visu­all

Ste­fan Dun­lop's Splash IV at Caloun­dra Re­gional Art Gallery.

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