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COOLUM ART GROUP...........2013 EASTER ART EXHIBITION
This Easter, the Coolum Civic Centre will, once again, be filled to capacity with beautiful paintings and handmade crafts to delight the eye.
Beginning Friday 29th March and continuing until Sunday 31st, the show will open from 9am till 5pm each day. Opportunity to actually meet and chat with the artists will be available from 4.30pm on Saturday 30th.
The group is the oldest active club in the Coolum area, beginning in 1968 and gradually evolving into the vibrant group we have today. Membership is limited to 21 artists, and comprises a diversity of styles and mediums, from traditional oils and watercolours to acrylic works that push the boundaries of all that the medium offers. Over 200 original works are offered for sale, with the addition of delightful small, unframed works available at very affordable prices. In short, something for every taste and pocket, if the visitors’ comments are anything to go by.
Each show, there is a theme section separate from the main body of work, and this year each artist has taken inspiration from the lushness of the tropical rainforest, and the group has produced an amazingly varied collection of paintings in a competition sponsored by Gone Bonkers Discount Store.
Coolart Framing Studio and Gallery is sponsoring the People's Choice award for the artist with the most votes from the visitors, so you can get involved and have your say about your own preferences.
Being a non-profit club, all profits from our Easter Hamper Raffle is donated to local charities, and the group will be happy to present a cheque to Katie Rose Hospice once the raffle winner is announced on Sunday afternoon.
So, if you are looking for something to do over the Easter break, come and enjoy the art, the demonstrations and craft, and all that Coolum Beach has to offer.
Coolum Art Group has been active in the area since 1968.
The group owes its beginning to the late Mrs Daisy Murphy BA. Daisy wanted to paint all her life but never had the opportunity. It was she who first wrote to the Adult Education Department and asked for Art Classes to be held in the District.
A teacher was appointed, the late Hazel Coulson, who later invited Thelma Brown to assist. They worked for four and a half years with a small group of students until the Department withdraw funding.
It has carried on since, becoming a non-profit organisation.
At the present time the Group holds to two major exhibitions a year, Easter and spring. At this time the group amalgamate with the local artisans who create Craft and Specialty Items and Art for the viewing and purchasing pleasure of Locals and Interstate visitors.
A meeting is held at the Civic Centre Coolum on the first Tuesday of every month at the 9:30am. At this meeting the attending committee and members discuss and swap ideas, critique each others work and advise on art materials and hanging techniques, conduct post-mortems on previous events, the Beach Gallery, Sales and Visitors, coast or interstate, exhibitions members entries and future exhibitions within the area.
There are 20 members at in the Group.
The Coolum Art Group has become a fixture within the community and over the past thirty years has supported various charities in the region, with donations from the profit from art shows and raffles for painting donated by the members.
The Coolum Art Group display their unique and creative Art work in all styles and in all mediums at the open air Beach Gallery on the Esplanade Coolum; next to the Coolum surf club, weather permitting. All welcome.