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.

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.sun­shinecoas­tart­gallery­

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.

Pic­tures: Cour­tesy of the artists

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.

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