Artists draw attention to animal plight
ANIMALS of all shapes and sizes are in focus for the Captivating Creatures art exhibition to promote animal welfare.
Ninderry artist Fiona Groom has joined forces with other Coast creatives Natalie Barlow and Janet Carew to create the exhibition, which opened on Saturday, September 17.
The exhibition highlights animal welfare issues while raising money for the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge.
The centrepiece will be an arts and craft market on World Animal Day, October 1, at the Cooroy Butter Factory, with proceeds from sales and face-painting going to the refuge.
Ms Groom said all three of the artists were passionate about preserving wildlife and this was the reason she decided to donate one of her paintings for a fundraising raffle, to be drawn on October 26, the exhibit's final day.
"World Animal Day is about bringing recognition to the plight of animals," she said.
"What we want is to take some time and put in effort to help support animal charities in some way.
"There are lots of different ways people can choose to help out. They can donate blankets to animal refuges, donate their time, donate some money."
One of the key issues facing animals around the globe was the destruction of habitat, Ms Groom said.
"We need to start thinking about the effect we have on the land and the animals who live there. Not just in Australia, but worldwide.
"So many species are obliterated just by knocking down trees."
Ms Groom said the donated painting featured "Ralf's other cousin", referring to a photobombing emu that regularly crops up in her other artworks.
She said it was important to include a spot of humour in her art and she had a lot of fun introducing the character of the quirky emu.
Every Friday until October 26, Ms Groom will be demonstrating her painting skills in an artist residency event.
A creative arts and crafts session for children will be hosted on October 15, where children of all ages are encouraged to come along to celebrate wildlife at the Butter Factory from 10.30am-12.30pm.
Representatives from the refuge are also expected to attend the market, with dogs up for adoption, and will be happy to share information on how people can help out other animals.
Ms Barlow's art often features native birdlife, while Ms Carew's pieces focus on dogs and have been described as quirky, diverse and engaging.
Other animal welfare agencies Ms Groom recommended for eager animal-lovers included the RSPCA and the World Wildlife Fund, which she said were always eager to take on volunteers.