Sculpture on the Edge and Open Studios on display

Tamara Kirby and Corrie Wright working on their entry for the exhibition at Spicers

Tamara Kirby and Corrie Wright working on their entry for the exhibition at Spicers

Bigger and better than ever, this year 40 selected finalists from all over Queensland will display their work in the seventh annual Sculpture on the Edge 2017.

Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny, again proudly sponsors a first prize of $5,000 and provides the beautiful rainforest environment for this contemporary 3D Award and Exhibition.

Maleny IGA, Maleny Chamber, Montville Chamber, Hammond Optometry, Illume Creations, Ray White Maleny, Maleny Art Direct and Maleny Optical are all generous sponsors of other prizes.

The artist lineup is impressive; local hot glass artist Tina Cooper said, “A chance connection with a discarded piece of beach wood inspired me to create the new coral piece that I intended to enter in 2017.”

Channelling her inner lumberjack, the local woodies taught her how to cut and carve into the desired shape and form to incorporate her hand-blown glass seahorse with glass and iron corals.

“With 28 years of glass blowing under my belt I now have found my interest in wood and iron has enriched my imagination.”

Tina encourages anyone to come along and experience the high quality and diverse creations exhibited in this year’s exhibition.

Visitor entry is free, with the opportunity to vote for People’s Choice. For those who want to meet some of the artists, Spicers are holding a special dinner on October 15 where six sculptors will talk about their work, Sculpture on the Edge, and show guests around the sculptures on display.  Contact Spicers for more details.

In conjunction with Sculpture on the Edge, Arts Connect Inc. 18 artists have flung open winter doors to flood their 15 studios with new light and new works on the slopes and down valleys behind the Sunshine Coast.

One of the joys of this collective program is the diversity of practices and personalities. Painters, illustrators, ceramicists, printmakers and sculptors have assembled a richly-designed carpet rolled out over the undulating Hinterland for you to wander along stopping wherever a studio takes your fancy.

Many artists have spring gardens for you to wander through before you reach the studio. Others have stunning views. (Some even have cups of tea!) You can’t lose.

Just follow the map from Landsborough or Conondale from the south, or at Kiel Mountain near Woombye from the east, through Maleny, Montville and Mapleton. You’ll find addresses on the website: www.artsconnectinc.com.au

So mark your diaries for both Arts Connect Inc. events:

Sculpture on the Edge: 9am-5pm daily, from September 29 – October 25, at Spicers Tamarind Retreat, 88 Obi Lane South, Maleny.

Open Studios: 10am – 4pm, Queen’s Birthday long weekend –  September 30/October 1/2 and October 7/8.