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Fables and Fantasies @ Art on Cairncross Gallery

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I live at Montville and as a Montville Accommodation provider, I'm passionate about telling the world about the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland. You can read more of my writing at www.montvillegrove.com.au
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From the gates of Hades to the Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Fables are etched deep into all cultures and Sunshine Coast Hinterland artist Judith Rosenberg has drawn from the realms of fantasy and fable for her current exhibition at Art on Cairncross near Maleny. From the gates of Hades to the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Judith's etchings and drawings interpret fables from a variety of cultures.

From Greek mythology, we see Persephone emerging from the underworld with the new season's crop of wheat and pomegranates, and Eros looking particularly sharp in Harlequin pants.

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Persephone in oil on wood by Judith Rosenberg

The Harlequin also appears in a series of hand-coloured etchings with a wash day theme where even the clothes pegs are imbued with symbolism. We also see the washing lines of a Pope, a Shah and an Emperor. It wasn't that the Emperor had no clothes, his duds were just in the wash!

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Emperor's Washing Line by Judith Rosenberg

These days Judith Rosenberg is best-known known for print-making and etching but her long artistic career began as a graphic artist at London Zoo and also included a stint as a botanical and wildlife illustrator for the Botanic Gardens in Canberra. Perhaps that explains why her etching of the Garden of Eden includes strelitzia and banksia flowers with a magpie staring down the serpent.

The Biblical theme continues with a beautifully composed hand-coloured etching, "End of the Flood" with Noah's Ark perched precariously on Mount Ararat and the dove returning through a landscape bursting with new life and colour.

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End of the Flood by Judith Rosenberg

Entitled "Fables and Fantasies", this is an exhibition with a sense of humour, vivid colours and all the richness and quirky detail of the fables and fantasies it presents.

The works are for sale and include framed and unframed pieces. There are also hand-made journals covered with Judith Rosnberg's etchings.

Fables and Fantasies will be on display until April 28 at Art on Cairncross, 3 Panorama Place, Cairncross Corner, Maleny.

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Judith Rosenberg with one of her hand-made journals
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Why? Art Exhibition
Phone: 07-5429 6404
Where: Art on Cairncross Gallery
Cost: Free entry
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