For a few years now the Maleny Printmakers have held their Collectables exhibition. The prints are very small – paper size 135mm high x 115mm wide, but it is getting a following and it is also a chance to buy fellow printmakers work at a very reasonable price. And, it is a lot of fun. Tatty Cat and Cute Corgi were my two linocuts for the exhibition and although I think they are both very cute, cats certainly outsell dogs.
Wake up – Time to fly
I’m not really a lover of bats, but after using the Mary Cairncross Interpretation Centres taxidermied flying fox as my model, I would have to admit that they really are cute little creatures. The above work was made for the After Dark exhibition with the Maleny Printmakers at the centre. What a venue, with its magnificent view to the Glasshouse Mountains and constant stream of curious people.
Straw-necked Ibis is currently touring with the Bimblebox 153 Birds exhibition organised by artist and environmentalist Jill Sampson. 153+ artists have produced prints of birds that use the Bimblebox Reserve in Queensland as their home. The works are accompanied by audio works of writers, and bird sounds recorded by musicians. The reserve is under threat from Adani mining and so far the exhibition has raised consciousness for this habitat with exhibitions at Impress Printmakers, the State Library of Queensland, Gympie Regional Gallery and Mary Cairncross Reserve Interpretation Centre at Maleny. The next exhibition will be at Gladstone Gallery in 2019.