MAGERL IS LIVING A COASTAL DREAM
PAINTER, ILLUSTRATOR AND CARTOONIST HAS EXPANSIVE BODY OF WORK
We are thrilled to be able to continue the arts partnership with the Weekend Magazine that Tony Gill and Jane Caraffi, from Art on Cairncross in Maleny, have been tireless in championing.
As they take a break, I will take on the role of co-ordinating the information available to you to view, visit and enjoy the region’s galleries and events. We will continue bringing you some features on established artists of the Coast and gallery snippets.
Building a coastal creative career is exactly what Caroline Magerl did 20 years ago when she made the Sunshine Coast her home.
Since then she has gone on to become an award-winning and internationally distinguished illustrator, cartoonist and painter, who is recognised as a unique and arresting presence.
Her work spans from dark, enigmatic oil paintings, through incisive cartoons to lively children’s book illustrations.
Her art has been exhibited internationally in a variety of galleries and art fairs and celebrated in numerous publications.
Magerl spent the majority of her childhood at sea on her parents’ yacht. It was not until she was almost in her 20s that she settled to a life on land. She had a steady career as an artist but her passion lay with a desire to create children’s books. Magerl is living out this dream in Buderim and receiving high accolades by the industry for her books.
Children’s picture books that she writes and illustrates are published internationally by Walker Books/candlewick Press and the watercolour illustrations are exhibited by Chris Beetles Gallery (St James, London).
Her latest book Maya and Cat had an international launch at the Beetles Gallery and went on to be short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Literature Award and an Australian Children’s Book Council Notable Book.
Even in light of this overseas success, Magerl has a strong connection to her local community with her first function following the release of Maya and Cat a reading to the children at Buderim’s Milford Lodge and then a presentation to art and book lovers at Art Nuvo Gallery, Buderim.
Her next book, Nop, is to be released in Australia in November and overseas in the 2020. You can follow Magerl’s creative journey at www.carolinemagerl.com or original art purchases through Art Nuvo.
University of the Sunshine Coast Lecture Theatre 7, Sippy Downs
A Meeting of Cultures: Japan and Australia Print Symposium
Exhibition dates: September 21 and 22 Professor Atsuhiko Musashi, of Kyoto Seika University in Japan, will deliver a keynote presentation at 10am on September 21 on the work of renowned Japanese print artist Akira Kurosaki. The exhibition showcases the diversity and dynamism of printmaking from Australia and Japan and includes an extensive program of printmaking workshops. Visit www.usc.edu.au/print-symposium.
Sunshine Coast Libraries Grounded: Kim Herringe Exhibition dates: September 23-November 2
Caloundra Regional Gallery and Sunshine Coast Libraries present the next exhibition for the Maroochydore Library Artspace. Kim Herringe brings people back to the here and now. “Stepping in to a natural space affords me the opportunity to take a moment, stop and breathe,” she says. “It grounds me.”
Cool Art Gallery, Coolum A Marked Influence: Kym Barrett and Rosie Lloydgiblett Exhibition dates: September 24-October 16 This is a collection of works by local artists Kym Barrett and Rosie Lloyd-giblett, who have a mutual interest in mark-making and a passion for landscapes. The exhibition has been curated to encourage a discourse between the artworks and the observer — addressing concepts such as action and quietude, structure and flexibility, mystery and certainty.
Arts Connect Inc’s Sculpture on the Edge: Spicers Tamarind Maleny Exhibition dates: September 21-October 13
Sculpture On The Edge is an outdoor sitespecific sculpture prize held annually in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, offering $10,000 in prizemoney. Local artists Yanni Van Zijl and Pam Walpole have collaborated for this event, having just won the Environmental Award for their sculpture Sea Spirit as part of the Swell Sculpture festival. Visit www.sculptureontheedge.com.au
Olivia Banks is the curator and co-owner of Art Nuvo Gallery and Picture Framing, established in Buderim for more than 17 years.
ABOVE: Kim Herringe's linocut You Are Here. TOP LEFT: Author and illustrator Caroline Magerl.
Sanctuary 2017 by Kym Barrett.