The iconic Tina Cooper is leaving on a high note and has been a part of Eumundi Art History from her humble beginnings selling her work at Eumundi Markets on a small card table 27 years ago.
With her passion for her art evolving into producing a small range of glass selling to what would be very loyal collectors and clients with encouraging support even if it was just words, she took everything in.
Tina was part of the Eumundi Hot Glass Studio and Gallery in the old Imperial Pub. This was very successful and a great 7 day week tourist haven.
They had an amazing studio and some awesome glass artists like, Chuck Simpson (late), Lucas Salton, Matt Quirk, Sean O'Donoghue, Bruce Swan, Karl Jefferies and Greg Royer.
To this day it is sadly missed and asked for by the many who remember their previous visit. Eumundi was a pumping Art Centre back in those days.
Over her 27 year career Tina has represented Australia several times as the only female in Queensland to do this in the medium of hot glass.
She has also run two very successful award winning Galleries, supporting over 63 artists, also many collaborations with wood, steel and indigenous artists.
She also introduced Wolfgang Engel, a master glass blower, to the Eumundi scene with his live demonstrations at her Eumundi Galleries.
She believes in mentoring up and coming artists to help them along the roller coaster ride.
It has now come the time, unfortunately, for Tina Cooper to depart the Eumundi art scene due to the premises she occupied for her Gallery being sold and her tenure to continue trading very much diminished.
She now is pondering her future here on the Sunshine Coast and at this stage is looking forward to a rest from the day to day pressures of running a Gallery.
She will be available at an appointment only Gallery which will be announced on her website soon but this will be shortly in the future.
Other possibilities are being considered but whatever happens she will be staying on the Sunshine Coast in some form or another.
She wishes to thank all who have supported her over the years and hope that they have enjoyed the creations that she put so much love into.
Collectors and connoisseurs who still wish to view and even purchase Tina's work will still be able to do so through her website www.tinacooper.com which still showcases her fabulous work and presents her glass creations that will still be available for sale.
In addition anyone who wished to still purchase Wolfgang Engel's glass creations will be available to do so through his website at www.wolfgangengelartglass.com.au
Tina's Gallery in Eumundi will still be open until Sunday 17th April so now is the time to grab a bargain with heavily discounted prices on most of the available stock still in her Gallery.
Should anyone wish to enquire about Tina's work or available items please contact her on 07 5442 8110 or her mobile 0417 194 329.