Art, Words and Music

Owen Pointon's painting Dingoes guard the wreck is on display on Fraser Island

Owen Pointon’s painting Dingoes guard the wreck is on display on Fraser Island

If you are after some culture, here’s some upcoming events – most are held on the coast!

Life drawing

Liz and I joined thirty other artists to visit the pretty little township of Cherbourg, and watched this talented group display their works and inform the gathering about European influence from 1788 to the present time. Highly recommended!

We now have 14 members attending Life Drawing (thanks Nancy for her studio). We will be meeting on May 7 and will continue fortnightly until the June school holidays.

It is encouraging to see so many enthusiastic artists in this group and a special welcome was offered to “Pete from UK” and always a warm thanks to our patient model Irene, and the lovely Jessica – and come along and meet Robyn in May.

As our numbers are ever growing (fabulous – don’t stop) we may be moving to the Veterans Hall to have a little more elbow room. More information: or  0439 683 690

Informal meetings continue to be well attended in the Agnes Knox rooms at the Tin Can Bay Library 2pm, on the second Thursday of the second month and the next one will be May 14. More information: Shirley Wilson, FOG Cooloola, 5486 4142,

Support the Maryborough Art Society Festival and Exhibition ( Entries close May 29 and a great variety of workshops will be run June 30 to July 4.

Music Plus

Music Plus nights are held in Cooloola Cove, the next one is Thursday, May 28 at 7pm. Please contact Pam if you would like to add your talent to our evenings. Tel 5488 0110 or e-mail:

K’gari wildlife artworks on display

Renowned wildlife artist Owen Pointon’s painting titled Dingoes guard the wreck will be featured in a special display at Happy Valley Resort on Fraser Island. There is also a limited edition print on display at the Hervey Bay Visitors Information Centre until the end of May.

The exhibitions are timed for the Centenary of the ANZAC. “The ship featured is the S.S. Maheno, which was actually a hospital ship for the New Zealand Armed Forces at Gallipoli. Plus of course the Fraser Island dingoes are symbolic of the island. They’re magnificent creatures,” said Owen.

Owen Pointon’s work will be on regular display at the Visitors Centre from now on.

Paint in the great outdoors

Plein Aire tutor, Robin Hines, has enjoyed recent success at the Bundaberg Art Competition, and articles published in recent editions of Australian Artist magazine.

Unfortunately, the last Plein Aire was washed out.  FOG Cooloola member Shirley Wilson said, “We all stayed home and drank coffee and watched the welcome rain come down!  Shame about that as we were all so looking forward to another morning sketching and socialising along the foreshore and welcoming two new members to the group.

“We have decided that we will still meet, regardless of the weather, in the big rotunda at Crab Creek and work under cover exchanging experiences.

“So we hope to see everyone at Crab Creek, May 17, and then change the venue to the foreshore opposite the library in June.” For more information ph: 5486 4142

Simply Classical steps back in time

Simply Classical is going back in time. The concert, with the catchy theme “City of Origin”, does not involve men in maroon or blue jerseys, but will feature musicians who, in years gone by, have received their music training in Gympie and have gone on to expand their musical horizon in a professional, semi professional or amateur way.

Organisers of Simply Classical have done some detective work to find out where some of these live and work today, and have invited a variety of performers to come together in this “City of Origin” concert.

There will be male and female singers, items on trumpet, clarinet, violin, piano, duets and ensemble work.

This will be a very exciting concert with nostalgic undertones, with the excellence of musicianship that patrons have come to expect.

The concert takes place at 2.30pm on May 31, at St. Patrick’s Church, Gympie, with afternoon tea provided. Adults $15, Concession $12, Children $6.

Art Show

Yes, it’s on again! The Cooloola Coast Art Group are excited to announce their highly successful art show is on July 25 and 26, at the Tin Can Bay Country Club.

Artists, friends & guests are invited to a wine and cheese gathering on the evening of Friday July 24. All enquiries, please call Cheryl 54864681 or Norma 5488 0840.

TCB Writers Group

The Writers Group is still meeting each first and third Thursday, 9.30am, at the TCB Library meeting rooms. Recent discussions have been on introducing characters that we have met into our stories, because every person we come across has a story to tell – we just have to listen.

One of our scribes is about to publish her latest book and we are all waiting for that day!

Even if you have no real plans to re-write War and Peace, come and join us for a stimulating morning. Contact Raewyn Oliver: 0412995512

Mandolin magic

Another mandolin concert to lift the spirits. Sue Flower performs with friends in a mainly classical concert, featuring mandolin, guitar and piano.

Sue welcomes in the concert Fiona Horbach & Werner Ruecker, Pam Graham and Lucien Lowe.

Fiona is a wonderful mandolin player and member of “Plektra” an ensemble based in Sydney who perform a mixture of classical mandolin music and contemporary music.

Werner is an experienced classical guitarist and guitar teacher, and he also conducts the Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra.

Pianist Pam and guitarist Lucien are both well known in the Gympie area for their amazing musicianship, and have performed with Sue on many occasions.

The concert will be at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Lady Mary Terrace, Gympie on Sunday 3 May 2015 at 2pm. Entry is $10. See you there!

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