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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Rosemary Almberg at Mainstreet Gallery

Mark Fowles-Prince - Gallery Manager - opened Rosemary Almberg's exhibition -Music in Paint III - new works in series - at Main Street Gallery in Montville on Saturday 02 October.
Rosemary's artworks - typically oils on canvas - capture a unique sensitivity to light, music, mood, season, nature, and manipulate a subtle palette of life in the Northern hemisphere - her experience of subtle colours, light and tones. Her works, both abstract and nature / landscape inspired, are each individual, contemporary, fresh and intriguing. The music in paint series is an ongoing exploration into Rosemary's love of Classical, Jazz and Modern classics.

The Exhibition runs through October and Main Street Gallery is located at 167 Main Street Montville - under the Poet's Cafe.
Enquiries - Mark - 07 5478 5050

Monday, August 2, 2010

Patricia Cale Exhibition

Last weekend Patricia Cale held a small but exciting exhibition of her latest works at Imbil ...

Pat's love affair with the Mary Valley began three years ago when she visited the northern end of the region for the first time. It was love at first sight, and since then she has pursued the romance from her little cottage overlooking the village of Imbil, where the winter mists roll in over the range at sunrise. With her cuddly poodle for company, Patricia has absorbed the landscape and mood of the valley and this exhibition showed off her interpretation of the region.

Celebrated international cookbook author Jacki Passmore introduced “Mary Valley Moments” at the opening on Saturday. Jacki is also no stranger to the Imbil region, having spent her childhood in the area before travelling the globe, and she is an avid collector of artists, including Patricia Cale. Jacki will launch her latest book in early September and recently moved to Tamborine Mountain, in the Gold Coast Hinterland, where she is setting up a residential cooking school, Bamboo House.

Watching the burn and recovery of the 2009 bushfire of Tuchekoi led to a major exhibition and now Patricia’s work is all about the winter experience of the Mary Valley. It is some of those moments that featured in this exhibition.

The Imbil exhibition comes on the back of Patricia’s huge success at the recent Mary Valley Art Festival, where she collected first prize in three sections – the Open, Mary Valley Country and Drawing – judged by Kevin Oxley from the Gallery Art on Cairncross. Patricia has also twice been a finalist in the Mayor's Prize at the Kenilworth Celebrates art festival.

Jerry Patricia and Neville

She moved to Imbil after living in Maleny for 10 years, but she believes her early life in the desert country of Sudan has led her to develop an affinity with “wide” landscape. “I love this small town of Imbil – it’s a place of warm hearts and working dogs,” Patricia said. “All the way along the back roads to Amamoor I find stunning landscape filled with evocative moments.” Patricia trained in the United Kingdom in the 1960s and has exhibited professionally since raising her family from 1986, completing commissions and teaching. Her areas of expertise are life drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and art history.

Patricia is represented by Main Street Gallery, Montville and her work can be viewed on the gallery’s website at

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Plein Air with Peter Hudson

Arley Farm in Maleny was the superb rural setting for a day of plein air painting with tutor Peter Hudson on Sunday 01 August.
The morning started out cold windy and overcast - but by midday the wind had blown away the clouds and the beautiful winter sun then drenched the verdant rolling Maleny Hills, giving our 13 artists lots of warm inspiration ...

setting the scene













Peter with the group

This workshop was sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council - through the Caloundra Regional Gallery connecting the local creative community with 2009 Sunshine Coast Art Prize winning artist Peter Hudson - and was organised by COMA.
Thank you to Fiona and Peter Stevens for opening Arley Farm to us for the day.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Kate French Workshop

Last weekend Tamborine Mountain - SEQueensland - sculptor Kate French ran an intensive workshop over three days at the MACG Workshops in Maleny.
Ten students from Maleny and beyond attended the class with Kate, going through the
sculptural process covering the subject of modeling a portrait bust, including the process of hand building the carcass of a sculpture, proportioning the basic shape, modelling facial features, hair, clothing, positioning the sculpture into a posture that reflects its subject, and finally adding texture to the sculpture to bring it up to a beautiful finish.

tuitor Kate French with her working sculpture
of Maleny artist Wendy van der Drift

Kathy Lawley with sculpture and model,
fellow artist Marianne Osborne

Di Cannon shows off her husband ...

Kate's fascinating works can be viewed on her website -

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Scratching the Surface ...

A good crowd of local artists and their friends attended the Friday night opening of the seventh COMA exhibition in Maleny. This one is themed on "Maleny Image : scratching the surface" and is showing at A Peace of Green Gallery in Maple Street.
50 COMA artists were invited to paint to the theme on miniature canvasasses and sculptors to produce miniature 3D works and there are 55 pieces on show and all are priced at $150.00.
The exhibition runs for a fortnight until 17 June.
Scene at the opening ...

... Les and Helen

... Di and Bridget

... Nicole and John

... Marianne with the two Junes

... Gaynor and Jo

... Cheryl, Alex and Noela

... Mieke with Sharyn and David

... Larian and Kim

... guitarist Jimmy with groupie Anna

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Giants and Elves in Maleny

a must exhibition to visit ...

Heather Gall's exhibition
"Giants and Elves of the Forest"

opening 13 May
show running to 4 June ...
at A Peace of Green Gallery
Maple Street Maleny.

a collection of paintings by Heather
….and including works by Tree Line Participating Artists
“Small Windows within a Remnant Rainforest”

Jennifer - From FIG Creative - and Heather

Kim Moreland - Treeline Project

Heather and Kim

Check out the Treeline Project
on the Sunshine Coast ...