Flying flags

There is a US Facebook page called World Cyanotype Day and each year they put together an exhibition of cyanotype flags. As a spin-off from this Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper have started an Australian version of World Cyanotype Day on their Facebook page The Cyanotype in Australia. This year I decided to join in…

Reptiles and Amphibians

The Maleny Printmakers are back in the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve gallery with their exhibition Reptiles and Amphibians. Both numbers of artists and works were less than usual due to the uncertainties of Covid-19 from the point of view of ‘will the exhibition be cancelled due to lockdown’ and vagaries of health and sometime lack…

The print swap

I can’t say I’ve never done a print swap before, but this was a first for me – a print swap where 15 artists did one print in an edition of 15 so we all got 15 different prints. I’d been a bit wary of print swaps, but as this involved the Maleny Printmakers, a…

Meet the Cool Locals

Arts Connect Inc. are back at Mary Cairncross, and although I haven’t seen all their exhibitions, this has to take the cake for being quirky, creative and slightly vulnerable due to Covid. The exhibition is called Meet the Cool Locals – and not just cool in a trendy sort of sense, but ‘cool’ as our…

Way out west..

I’ve just spent a fortnight ‘way out west’ in Queensland with around 30 others from Mapleton. I think there were 7 women, and the rest, including John, were the men from the Mapleton Mens Shed. We packed the Avan and headed around 1000 kms west to Cunnumulla, then another 16 kms north-west to the Bowra…

Open studio reflections

For a person that usually stays in the background, I can sometimes get a bit more brave and open my studio to the public. In all cases it has been through Arts Connect Inc. In previous years I have opened my studio for a weekend at the end of each month. With Covid restrictions nothing…

Botanica

An Arts Connect Inc exhibition at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Mountain View Road, Maleny from 6-23 November, 2020. The exhibition is open from 9.30 to 3.30 daily. Artists: Michael Augustine, Megan Bice, Jo Bingham, Sine Black, Jan Braithwaite, Roger Callen, Deanne Cumner, Catherine Day, Libby Derham, Jennifer Eurell, Trevor Irvine, Peta Jervois, Jacky Lowry, Annie…

Bugs in the System

The Maleny Printmakers current exhibition at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, is called ‘Bugs in the System’. If you are looking for us we are in the theatrette next to the observation platform which is above the cafe. It’s a good coffee stop – and with glorious views to the Glasshouse Mountains. I’m on duty…

Coping with Covid isolation

What a strange world we now live in. When I wrote my last post Covid-19 was something new. It is now some months later so I am looking back on how it has affected my arts practice – and life in general. At first, being oldies, we very much stayed at home. With a ‘life…

The Overwintering Project

It was rather exciting to see that $13,000 had been raised by The Overwintering Project and given to the Australasian Wader Studies Group today. The art project is run by Kate Gorringe-Smith and I would have to admit that I really don’t know just how the money is raised, but I do know that it…