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Perspectives, Issue #021--New Artworks and How to Make Them
September 29, 2011

"Perspectives" - New Artworks and How to Make Them

Winter in Tropical Australia has been one of the longest that I can remember, with cool nights and warm days passing by most pleasantly.

The Tropical Arts scene continues to provide variety and entertainment for locals and visitors alike. See this page for current exhibitions.

Linoprints Good Enough to Eat?

The latest webpage to be updated is that of printmaker extraordinaire, Anna Curtis. A keen gardener who loves cooking her own produce and sharing it with friends, Anna’s latest body of work celebrates the nurturing role of gardens and food produced in them, through a series of detailed relief prints, some of which are a departure from her usual working methods.

Cairns Regional Gallery

Tania Heben's joint exhibition with Anne Marie Graham was opened by Diane Cilento at Cairns Regional Gallery on Friday September 23. It will continue until November 27 – so do check it out if you have the opportunity. Titled ‘Exotic Queensland – the Nature, the Wonder’, the exhibition is a response by both artists to the natural wonder of the Cairns region, especially to its plant life.

Their collaboration is based mostly on their exploration of Cairns Botanical Gardens, a lush and diverse collection of tropical plants from all over the world. It is a harmonious and serene display, well curated and one which I am sure that you will enjoy.

Beautiful Art Spaces

Aware of the general downturn in retail business, Cairns Regional Council initiated the Beautiful Art Spaces project in Cairns and Port Douglas.

In an area that had a 10% unemployment rate, businesses were closing, leaving empty shops in both the Cairns Orchid Plaza and the Port Douglas Meridien Marina complexes.

So Council proposed that artists be offered use of the spaces under attractive conditions, thus bringing life and activity to otherwise ‘dead’ areas.

Tania Heben is one of those artists fortunate to occupy a large studio and gallery space at the Marina. This facility has been an absolute boon to Tania in the year leading up to her exhibition, making it easy to put in long hours at her easel. Without access to the spacious studio her brilliant results would have been much more difficult to achieve.

So one of the aims of the Beautiful Art Spaces – to support artists in their endeavours – has been achieved in a very practical way.

Go Troppo Arts Festival

Unfortunately, because of an acute shortage of funding, the Go Troppo Arts Festival has been cancelled for 2011 but will, hopefully, re-emerge in November 2012 around the time of the solar eclipse, so visitors will be treated to Arts entertainment and interactive activities as well as the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe an amazing natural phenomenon. Accommodation in Port Douglas has long been booked out for the eclipse so, if you are planning to come, perhaps Cairns or the Tablelands would be worth an enquiry.

Arts Workshops

If you were planning to enroll for one of the brilliant arts workshops, previously on offer during the Go Troppo Arts Festival, I am sorry to disappoint you. However Arthouse Port Douglas and Douglas Arts Base in Mossman as well as Cairns Regional Gallery all hold classes from time to time.

E-book Reviews

The latest e-course to be reviewed is a brilliant virtual online painting series by New Zealand artist, Richard Robinson . His demonstration videos, DVDs and support material provide clear technical instructions as well as course theory notes. A most thorough and enjoyable experience awaits you if you want to improve your painting skills and knowledge…and there are lots of ‘freebies’!

Your Pages - A Reminder

These pages, built especially for you, appear to be very popular, especially amongst artists and galleries wishing to publicise coming exhibitions and shows.

It’s free and you are very welcome to use any of the sections to show off recent artwork, write an article, share your painting tips, photographs or even haikus etc. You may comment on others’ contributions, thus building a strong on-line arts community. International artists welcome!

Art in Tropical Australia home page.

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