Art celebrates Moonee Beach as one of our 'best'
MOONEE Beach is the flavour of the month on the Coffs Coast.
Not only has it been nominated as one of Australia's best beaches, the lovely estuary is the star of, Paint My Place, the exhibition on show at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, until November 6.
The artworks feature the area's sand flats and shallow water beloved of small children and their parents.
Artists have painted the creeks used by paddlers and anglers, the littoral rainforest, bush paths, boardwalk bridges and scenic headland at Moonee Beach .
In February this year, 15 artists attended a residential artists camp at Moonee Reserve organised by former Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and Museum director Dr Leigh Summers.
The result was an outpouring of paintings, drawings, ceramics and 3D work, which received a rapturous reception at the exhibition's opening with internationally known actor Jack Thompson.
Dr Summers said the original title was, Please Paint My Place, which was her polite request to a number of notable artists to put the region on their radar.
"I could never find funding. In the end I decided we would do it ourselves, somehow."
Legal firm Slater and Gordon and six generous individuals, with help from the gallery budget, provided the funds needed to cover accommodation and other artists' costs.
Dr Summers is encouraged by the result, "I chose very different artists and one outstanding local artist, Isabel Ricketts, and you can see how honestly and intuitively they painted."
Each artist agreed to donate one Moonee artwork to the gallery for its permanent collection.