Carole Parsons with her sculpture.
Carole Parsons with her sculpture. CONTRIBUTED

Garden has true rhythm

THIS year's Sculptured Garden exhibition of locally designed and crafted garden sculpture, planters, ceramic wall art and pottery is extra special for the participating artists.

All the artists are members of Buderim Craft Cottage's Potter's Group, which has mounted the popular exhibition annually since 1997.

Carole Parsons has led the group for 20 years.

She has been, and remains, an inspiration and mentor to generations of local ceramic artists and potters. Her own quirky work is instantly recognisable in hundreds of gardens and homes throughout the Sunshine Coast and further afield.

To honour her, the group has bought and installed one of her recent artworks in the Craft Cottage garden at 5 Main Street, Buderim.

It joins a number of existing artworks in this much-admired garden linking the Craft Cottage and the Buderim War Memorial Hall.

The unveiling this week was timed to precede the opening of the group's 2016 Sculptured Garden exhibition by Sunshine Coast Newspapers Editor-in-Chief Jenna Cairney at a function on Friday, October 7.


The exhibition will then be open to the public from Saturday, October 8, to Sunday, October 16.

"Rhythms" is the theme for this year's exhibition, challenging the artists to capture the dynamism of rhythm in sculpture and pottery using ceramic and other materials, including glass.

Exhibition co-ordinator Pam Thomas said that although most people only associated rhythm with music and hearing, the exhibitors would be creating artworks which represented rhythm in a visual form.

The exhibition will coincide with the Buderim Garden Festival on October 15 and 16.

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