Winged things celebrated
SETTING up Douglas Arts Base’s newest exhibition this week didn’t necessarily have organisers in a flap, but the theme, Things with Wings, has certainly brought out the creative side of our local artists.
“It is lovely to have such a broad theme for this exhibition and the artists have told me how much they like creating to a theme,” Ellen Terrell, DAB’s vice president, said at set up,
The theme was chosen by the committee to coincide with National Bird Week at the end of October, and Ellen herself is an artist and avid bird counter for Birdlife Australia.
There will be more than 30 artists represented in the exhibition and many were helping with the setting up on Wednesday.
“There is such a wide range of media and subjects from rhino beetles to manta rays in paintings, mosaics, macramé, felting and more,” Ellen said,
One of the artists, Annji Rodgers of Mossman, said that she is displaying one watercolour and two scratchboard pieces.
“Scratchboard is a black matt finished board with white clay underneath and, using a sharp object such as a scalpel or fountain pen nib, you etch out the design,” Annji explained.
Annji, who joined DAB eight years ago, said that her preferred medium was watercolour and she was still trying to find out what type of water- colour suits her.
“I’m still trying to find out what I’m good at and I’ve done landscapes, seascapes, dogs – you name it,” she said.
Jeanette Warwick, who has done ceramics in California and Brisbane, has only been a DAB member for a year.
“I love ceramics – all hand made and decorated by me,” Jeanette explained.
“And after 25 years doing pottery and ceramics, I can’t not do it.”
The exhibition will be opened by Ellen Terrell on Friday, October 5, at 6.30pm and the invitation is extended to the general public.
Things with Wings exhibition is open 10am to 2pm, Monday to Saturday until October 20 at DAB’s gallery, 11 Mill St, Mossman.
Many of the items will be available for purchase.
Inger Rowe with her Cassowary painting for the DAB Things With Wings show at Douglas Arts Base,