Beauty and Tragedy on Fraser Shores

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  • Location: Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy 4563 Queensland
Beauty and Tragedy

The magic and intrigue of Fraser Island is shown through the paintings of Judith Laws, using glowing colours of turquoise, emerald green, reds, oranges and golds of the perched lakes; a scribbly-gum forest with the flash of a brilliantly coloured parrot's wing, and coloured sands and cliffs to the weird rough face of an old man banksia seed.

Judith Laws has always been intrigued by the Eliza Fraser story and was compelled to show a female insight into this woman's tragedy. Her interpretations in paint on canvas and vibrant pallet does not show Mrs Fraser as a romantic figure but rather as a brave, ordinary woman weighed down by circumstances beyond her control.

Through these expressive works the viewer can feel the artist's fascination with Fraser Island that extends to her involvement and empathy with Mrs Fraser entering into the drama of the story themselves.
Judith Laws The Lakes Between
The Lakes Between, 2013, mixed media on canvas, 50 x 50cm. Image: Rex Backhaus-Smith
Exhibition Guided Tour and morning tea Friday 29 August, 10am
Join Judith Laws on a guided tour and gain an insight into the artist and her work, exploring selected pieces. Free event, all welcome. RSVP 27 August via email or phone (07) 5329 6580.
Book Launch Thursday 11 September, 11am-12.30pm at Cooroy Library
Celebrate the launch of the book: The Face of Tragedy, written and compiled by Rex Backhaus-Smith and featuring the vibrant paintings of Judith Laws, currently on display at the Butter Factory Arts Centre until 11 October, 2014. RSVP Cooroy Library on (07) 5329 6555.
Project Eliza – creative writing responses facilitated by Dr Sue Davis.
Saturday 6 & 20 September, 10am-2pm

Participants will be invited to respond to Judith Law's art works in the Beauty and Tragedy on Fraser Shores exhibition, to create their own creative writing pieces.

Working in the genre of creative nonfiction, they will combine personal responses and factually based information into work that may be shared dramatically. They will be guided through a process of responding, creating and sharing.

Participants are also invited to bring along their smart phone or tablet and publish directly to a PlaceStories web-based project. They also have the option of participating in a promenade presentation of writing generated throughout the time of the exhibition to accompany the rehearsed reading of: Figments of Eliza on Friday 26 September - Rehearsal: noon-4pm.
Figments of Eliza + Promenade Presentations Performance
Friday 26 September, 5.30pm-7pm.

This presentation will include a promenade performance of writings generated from the Project Eliza workshops and responses throughout the exhibition and a rehearsed reading of Figments of Eliza featuring Sunshine Coast performer Mary Eggleston. Figments of Eliza was written by Dr Sue Davis as part of the Sunshine Coast NeoGeography project in 2010 following several months of research and blogging in the role of Eliza Fraser.
$10 per person, bookings and pre-payment essential, (07) 5329 6580.

Beauty and Tragedy
Butter Factory Arts Centre, Maple Street, Cooroy
Thursday 21 August to Saturday 11 October 2014
Official opening & book launch: 6pm, Friday 22 August
Free event, all welcome. Cash bar available.
RSVP 20 August to (07) 5329 6580

$10 per person, bookings and pre-payment essential, (07) 5329 6580.

Butter Factory Arts Centre :
10 Maple Street, Cooroy
07 5329 6580
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