The Coolum Art Group held their Spring Art Show last weekend, introducing two new exhibitors and welcoming Sunshine FM’s Graham Webb to official open the event on the Saturday night.
As always, the biannual show doubled as a fundraiser, with all proceeds from this year’s Spring Hamper raffle going to Katie Rose Cottage.
Congratulations went to Dawn Dent on her first prize win, with Sunshine Coast community Hospice (Katie Rose Cottage) fundraising chairperson Bev Barton proudly announcing that, after a hard-fought battle, all six beds of the precious cottage were now able to be utilised.
“The hospice is there to care for people in the actual final stage of their life. We moved into our new facility on Noosa-Eumundi Road at Easter and we have been full for the past six weeks. We have now been able to care for 40 people here on the Sunshine Coast in the terminal phase of their life,” Bev said.
“At Katie Rose Cottage, we have risen above all the knockbacks that we have had over the years; the skepticism and the non-acceptance by Queensland Health who now have fully accepted us. Queensland Health are giving us a modest amount of funding, but we still do rely heavily on fundraising and donations.”
Two new artists were introduced at this year’s Spring Show, Sculptor Ted Moran and abstract artist Allan Maticil.
Allan, who joined the Coolum Art Group six months ago, has just had a successful first solo exhibition at Marcoola’s Studio 4 Gallery and hopes to be able to put more time into his painting as he becomes known.
Professional sculptor Ted Moran’s uniquely crafted Glass and Steel sculptures drew much interest during the three day show and added another dimension to the already extremely popular twice-yearly local exhibition.
This year, the Spring theme was transport and Cam Minto was the artist taking out first prize for his incredibly detailed watercolour of a steam train pulling into a station.
Second prize went to Pat Heyman’s ‘Let’s Go’ acrylic piece, with Pauline Dyke taking third place for her ‘Ah! Solitude’ acrylic depicting a line of caravan’s in an isolated outback.
Highly commended awards went to Pat Digby for her ‘Into The Void’ acrylic piece and Lynn Shaw for her ‘Transport In Venice’ acrylic painting. Prizes were kindly donated by Gone Bonkers.