ARTISTS FLOCK TO BIG BIRD PRIZE
THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY VIE FOR THE HOLMES ART PRIZE, WHICH IS TO BE ANNOUNCED TONIGHT
Now in its fourth year and with a new venue at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in Maleny, the Holmes Bird Art Prize continues to gain recognition among lovers of traditional realistic bird art.
The prize also combines the philanthropic ideology of its founder Dr Gary Holmes with the skill of well-executed realism in bird art and attracts entries from all over Australia.
This exhibition opened recently and the winner of the $15,000 first prize will be announced tonight.
The exhibition continues until October 13 and admission is free.
The Sunshine Coast needs a venue for its visual arts befitting our population.
Sadly, we have outgrown the Caloundra Regional Art Gallery and government (at all levels) and philanthropic art lovers need to unite to deliver a space for visual art worthy of our population of 330,000 people.
This will be my last column in the Weekend magazine as Jane and I take a much-needed break to aid in her recovery from a recent serious illness.
It is hard to believe that the past 12 months
of writing about visual art with the “new” Weekend magazine have gone so fast.
I am handing over the column to Olivia Banks, from Art Nuvo in Buderim, who will bring her expertise to the readers of this page.
Please support her as we both are giving on behalf our visual arts industry. Check the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Trail website for the talented artists and the individual galleries opening hours at www.sunshinecoastartgallerytrail.com.au.
GALLERY SNIPPETS Montville Art Gallery Julie Hutchings: feature artist Exhibition dates: until September 30
Julie Hutchings has a very strong connection to the land and a love of animals; this is reflected in her art.
She begins her works in charcoal, making marks and gestures and continues to develop the process by drawing and painting and eliminating.
That’s when the ideas start to present themselves and a narrative begins to emerge.
Art on Cairncross, Maleny Outback Revisited: Michael Nicholas Exhibition dates: until September 29
Michael Nicholas has held more than 35 solo exhibitions and many group showings. In the early 2000s, Nicholas was commissioned to paint portraits of Queensland’s early premiers as well as then premier Peter Beattie. Rather fittingly, he designed The Cunnamulla Fella which stands proudly in bronze in Cunnamulla, the spiritual home of his work.
Art Nuvo, Buderim Into the Deep Blue: Monte Lupo artists Exhibition dates: until September 30
Into the Deep Blue is Art Nuvo’s eighth exhibition with the Monte Lupo artists with special needs. This year, they have centred the exhibition about the love of the sea. Garden sculptures feature mermaids, octopus, turtles and even a yellow submarine. All works are entirely handmade in the Monte Lupo Brisbane Pottery Studio.
FINE DETAIL: Broken by Greg Postle is an entry in the 2019 Holmes Art Prize. LEFT: One Summer by Julie Hutchings is at Montville Art Gallery.