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Published November 2nd 2016
Explore the Arty Gallery
I was clearly meant to go there. I had listed a couple of places to visit when I went to Caloundra. I was there for a funeral in the morning and a meeting at night, so thought I would have plenty of spare time. At the funeral, I met up with another friend, and afterwards, we decided to go and have lunch and a glass of wine. She took the lead to a restaurant.
The day before, in my note-to-self, I had written some notes about the Seaview Art Gallery at Moffat Beach, and was most surprised to walk past it, on my way to the restaurant.
And so it was that my friend and I had a wonderful visit to the Gallery, which "is the longest-running, artists' run co-operative gallery on Queensland's Sunshine Coast". It started in 1994 and operates with 15 local artists.
We received a wonderful welcome and were guided around the Gallery with explanations about the artwork and information about the artists and their work. I was most impressed with the quality of the work and how well it was displayed.
What is in the Gallery? A wonderful collection of artworks – paintings, jewellery, mosaics, pottery, sculptures, photography and textiles. All works are of excellent quality. So many wonderful ideas for Christmas gifts!!
Some of the artists: Madeline Miller, born in the UK, and studied at Ealing College. Came to Australia in 1960, and commenced studies with Roy Churcher at Kangaroo Point. She settled in Maleny in 1992 and continued her studies and travelling. She travelled to Greece with a painting group in 2005 and 2008, and Italy in 2009. Her paintings can be found in collections in Canada, USA, Hong Kong, New Zealand, UK, Singapore, and around Australia. She has won many awards. Lindsay Muir, studied visual arts, majoring in ceramics at USQ. He has created sculptures of wildlife for numerous national and private park displays around Australia, and he has been commissioned by many individuals and organisations.
Tricia Taylor, achieved Master Pastellist status with the Pastel Society of Australia in 2011. She has won many awards, and you can learn more about her and her work on her website.
Pauline Ramsay-Murray, BA, LLB, FGAA, and spend many years working in the field of Law, but she loved rocks and gemstones and qualified as a Gemmologist in 1975, and has been exhibiting at the Seaview Gallery for over ten years.
Dr Raelean Hall, BA Psych, MA, PD Art Therapy. She has completed 9 years of accredited studies in psychology and art therapy to provide all-inclusive therapeutic approach to support people with chronic illness and cancer. Her artwork of beach scenes is a highlight in the Gallery. See her work here. Glenys Fentiman is a Stained Glass Mosaic Artist. If you get the chance to travel on the cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, you will see her work which was commissioned as the ship was being built. You can read about it here.
There's work by Cynthia Morgan (Textile Artist), Janet Matthews (Bright, semi-abstract/abstract paintings, Madeline Herbert (Watercolours and Acrylic), Don Woodley (Watercolour and Oil), Gaynor Hardinge (Acrylic and Mixed Media), Leigh Fagerlund Quin (Resin), Deborah Mangan (Acrylic), Daniel Toohey (Oils), and Rich Oxley (Art Photography).
Childrens Books Illustrated by Gaynor Hardinge
It is open 7 days a week from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.
Do visit Seaview Gallery, 4 Seaview Terrace, Moffat Beach. Yes, it does give you a seaview, and there are a couple of cafes/restaurants there. Plenty of parking too.