MAGERL IS LIV­ING A COASTAL DREAM

PAIN­TER, IL­LUS­TRA­TOR AND CAR­TOON­IST HAS EX­PAN­SIVE BODY OF WORK

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | ART - WORDS: OLIVIA BANKS

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.

GALLERY SNIP­PETS

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.

Pic­tures: Courtesy of the artist and con­trib­uted

ABOVE: Kim Her­ringe's linocut You Are Here. TOP LEFT: Au­thor and il­lus­tra­tor Caro­line Magerl.

Sanc­tu­ary 2017 by Kym Bar­rett.

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