Cool Art Gallery.
Cool Art Gallery.

Art director celebrates milestone with edgy exhibition

TO celebrate his 20th year in the Sunshine Coast arts business sector, CoolArt Picture Framing Gallery director Joe McFeeters shows off his style with a bold collection of diverse artworks

The show, TWELVE, brings together the innovative, edgy and sensitive art and heart of the Sunshine Coast's leading female art practicians. From three dimensional sculptural pieces to explosive colours and vivid viewpoints, this show presents a group of contemporary artists who have long explored layers of physical, emotional and natural environments, presenting their interpretations back to us through thoughtful and at times, provocative works.

The line-up of artists includes Pam Walpole, Amy Clark, Yanni Van Zijl, Glenise Clelland, Helena Jackson Lloyd, Kym Barrett, Jan Williamson, Mandy McGuire, Rosie Lloyd Giblett, Dale Leach, Nicole Voevodin-Cash and Desley Rolph.

In this show renowned Australian sculptor Nicole Voevodin-Cash reveals how she has engaged with the environment by scanning surfaces with a hand-held scanner. "What I feel with my hand, you see," she said. Additionally, she has walked many miles carrying a billy can with a weighted pen over paper inside. She said that, like a finger, this process organically captured unique, kinetic movements and describes the outcome as beautiful and poetic. She has said of her work:

"I merge art, architecture and landscape in the production of my work and strive to develop a new way of thinking that ties ecological and green art, social and environmental practices into a new artwork 'ism' for the 21 century."

Artwork by award winning visual artist and author Glenise Clelland draws on personal insights and appreciation of coastlines and watersides which began with childhood holidays spent in Noosa, culminating in becoming a Noosa local some 22-years-ago.

"But I first visited 71 years ago when my father would bring the family to Noosa National Park," she said.

Glenise retains vivid memories of the early Hastings Street and sees similarities between the now famous Street and Noosa North Shore Beach.

"I go to the beach a lot here and when I'm playing in mangroves or walking on the beach - it's like old Noosa, nothing has changed. The whales, the dolphins, the turtles, it's all here".

In terms of the environment McClelland's big, colourful, abstract art reflects the beauty of waterlily lakes to the Melaleuca wetland, but as an accomplished figurative artist, you will often find a human image within her work.

Photographer, sculptor and ceramic artist Yanni Van Zijl said she felt honoured to be among this diverse group of artists with such prestigious histories. In this show she said she would be presenting three dimensional sculptural ceramics created from found objects - shards of old glass, rusty bits and pies, components pieces of bond, discovered on trips to the outback.

TWELVE runs

until December 22 at CoolArt Picture Framing Gallery, 5/43 Access Crescent, Coolum Beach. Phone 5471 7366 or email art@coolartgallery.com.au


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