The local artists from around the Cooloola Coast area of Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay and Cooloola Cove have been busy with brushes, hands and cameras creating masterpieces for all of us to enjoy.
Rainbow Beach’s Brushes by the Sea Annual Art Festival is at the Rainbow Beach Sports Club on the Australia Day long weekend, January 24 – 26, 2015.
Make sure you are there for:
Saturday Markets at 8am, and 10am Brushes by the Sea opens for viewing
Sunday Presentation of awards at 2pm followed by 4pm cheese and wine tasting, and 5pm Goose Club raffles
Monday Viewing from 10am
Artists: bring your entry forms into the sports club by January 9 – they are only $5 each or free for children! But you don’t have to deliver your work until Monday January 19 or Tuesday January 20, between the hours of 10am – 12pm, or 3pm – 5pm.
2015 Art events on the coast
by Shirley Wilson, Friends of the Gympie Gallery, Cooloola Coast Friends of the Gympie Gallery, Cooloola Coast have been busy planning the events for 2015 to inform artists and encourage participation. They are excited to be working with Peggy Phelan from Brushes by the Sea
, to combine efforts for coastal art events:February 8
Plein Air, 9am – noon, Crab Creek (held every six weeks on Sundays). Free tutoring by our professional resident artist, Robin Hines, in an outdoor atmosphere. Please bring chairs and food/drinks as well as art materials and a sense of humourFebruary 12
General meeting, Tin Can Bay Library at 2pm/3pm, every second Thursday of every second month
March Life Art workshop at 38 Marlin Way, Tin Can Bay. Look out for the survey at Brushes by the Sea weekend, or contact Shirley Wilson or Liz Sawrey
April 4 Easter Art Trail 9am – 4pm at designated private venuesI thank the Gympie Committee for their continued support and guidance. Our meetings are very informal, for members only and a fee of $15 annually entitles you to many artistic benefits at the Regional Gallery and on the coast. We wish all members a happy and fruitful art New Year!
Organiser Peggy Phelan says, “All of this would not be possible without our wonderful local businesses who dig deep and support this event.”
“So to all the artistic people out there, get your cameras clicking, machines threaded, paint brushes working and creative ideas going – we look forward to seeing your entries.”
Categories include “Our local area”, acrylic, oils, watercolour, photography (landscape or real life), quilting, craft and drawing. There are two categories across any theme or medium for young artists (9 to 16 years and 9 and under).
The People’s Choice always draws a lot of interest, as it gives everyone a chance to vote for their favourite piece of art.
This year, Brushes by the Sea will help the Rainbow Beach State School Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation Programme to purchase supplies for the garden and cooking classes for the children.
The P&C have a huge Goose Club raffle planned thanks to the generosity of local businesses.
You can collect art festival entry forms from local libraries, selected outlets and Rainbow Beach Sports Club, or by contacting Peggy Phelan on 5486 3191.