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Sunday, August 31, 2008

New Exhibition @ Maleny Artworks

Maleny Artworks opened its' latest exhibition last night with 2 outstanding shows from two very accomplished Maleny artists ...

Diane Somers-Cook - mystery - is an exhibition of 40 framed watercolours exlporing the mystery in both European and local landscape, waterscapes and streetscapes.
Shannon Garson - the Magnolia Project - is a wonderful collection of 50 porcelain vessels - all reflecting the delicate magnolia blossom.

The exhibition runs until 28 September ...
All artworks can be viewed at -
Maleny Artworks Gallery is upstairs 50 Maple Street - 5429 6566
gallery hours - Wed-Sun ... 10am to 4pm

Poetic Licence

COMA opened its latest exhibition titled - Maleny Image 4: poetic licence - at Maleny Artworks Gallery last weekend ... 72 artsists submitted works based on a line of a poem.
The relevant poem has been displayed alongside the work so the exhibition is not only looking great visually, but is also a pretty good read !!
The opening night party on Sunday 17/08 was a great bash - the gallery overflowing with both artists and their friends. A big thank you to Mark and Carolyn F-P for the seemingly endless trays of sandwiches and to Barry Smith for keeping the champagne flowing. Catering for the opening was funded through a grant from Arts Queensland - thank you ...
The exhibition runs until 21 September

Friday, August 22, 2008

Opening of "Off at a Tangent"

Thursday night at the Up Front Club ...
A bumper crowd filled the club to support Marianne Osborne and enjoy the opening party for her latest exhibition. Lots of familiar COMA faces there - and the usual table of those noisy Wittabergs ...
The show is a bright and bold collection of abstracts - very different to the whimsical faces and figures that we have come to expect from her.
"...Marianne is not afraid to take the risks necessary to enable progress in her work, and feels that all artists should take that leak into unsafe territory more often... "- Edith-Anne Murray
She says "... that most of these paintings were inspired by looking at a variety of weird substances through the lens of an old microscope ..."

The exhibition runs through September ... check it out - over the best coffee and muffin in Maleny !!!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Opening of Poetic Licence

COMA artists and their friends got together at Maleny Artworks Gallery on Sunday arvo to toast the opening of Maleny Image 4: poetic licence - a collection of 72 artworks based on the theme of a poem.
Those artists who contributed to the exhibition must be congratulated on the high standard of work on show and the "cleverness" of many of the pieces..
Thanks also to Mark and Carolyn Fowles-Prince for the endless trays of "artistic" sandwiches and meat balls - and thanks to Arts Queensland for the financial support they have given to the promotion of this exciting exhibition.
The show runs until mid September ... check it out ...

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Japanese Cultural Night

Maleny Artworks Gallery hosted a night of Japanese culture with visitors Tombow Kobayashi (Contemporary Doll artist), Bessie Okaloha (Translator) and Etsu Okuno (Japanese Culture teacher) from Tatebayashi [2 hrs north of Tokyo]. Christine Elcoate organised the evening of Kimono dressing ( with model Councellor Jenny McKay ), a Japanese Tea Ceremony followed with plates of Sushi and rice balls all washed down with Sake. 20 Maleny-ites - dressed in Kimonos for
the occassion - a very impressive sight !!!

Judy Breen, Ian Elcoate, Jill Morris with Noela Mills. and The Host !!!???

Etsu Okuno preparing the tea and Bridget Sparkes sipping ...

The team.

Etsu Okuno - asisted by Tombow Kobayashi and Bessie Okaloha - dressing Jenny McKay

Tatebayashi and Maroochydore have been Sister Cities for 11 years, and now the amalgamated Sunshine Coast Council is continuing the tradition. Every alternate year, artists from SCC and Tatebayashi share art and cultural experiences. Interested artists travel with the official delegation at their own cost but are connected with like minded people in the respective Sister Cities for home stay. An official delegation of 22 councillors and business representatives will be in the area for 3 days of this week. Our local councillor, Jenny McKay is heavily involved with this project.

Opening of Springtide

Saturday 02 August - Springtide opened at Maleny Artworks Gallery ...

Pat Cale and Noela Mills -

Mark Fowles-Prince and Rosemary Almberg

Marianne Osborne and Lynn Cran

Larian Sloan ( so hard to get good help these days !!!)

Jan Scullion and Heather Jones

Colleen Pozzi
Photos by Colin Beard ...