Final year CSIT Diploma of Visual Arts students are displaying their visions of the Noosa Shire in the "Reflections" exhibition at the Noosa Regional Gallery from Friday 25th June to Wednesday July 7th. (Gallery is open Tuesday - Sunday ).
Using historical and contemporary themes of the Noosa Region, the students from Noosaville centre of the Cooloola Sunshine Institute of TAFE will be using various media to depict their concepts.
The artists, ranging from 19 to 70 years of age, will be drawing on their varied backgrounds, perceptions and experience to relate what the river and its environs means for them today.
This exhibition was part of our assessment for this semester: a module on Concept Development (teacher-Andrew Dixon) - in this case the Noosa River and the surrounding region. We each had to research an aspect that appealed / motivated us. We then put our findings into a visual format - most chose oil or acrylic on canvas but there are a couple of alternate formats including ceramic and mixed media. My image - Weyba Minuet was painted as a personal response to my home surrounds - Lake Weyba - tranquil, fragile and atmospheric.
This body of work, presented by the second year CSIT students (Diploma of Visual Arts), is a response to an Art Strategy document. This text created a reference to the many concepts that are reflections upon the Noosa River and the surrounding region.
Each artist has individually addressed a theme or themes. The responses reveal a mixture of the quirky, personal, symbolic, delightful, mystical, emotional and intimate.
Among the works are themes that explore: water quality; urban development; man's dominance over the environment; the spirit and lifeblood of the river; flora and fauna preservation; tourism; indigenous issues; leisure activities enjoyed in and around the river; environmental fragility; and history.
( Photos by Malcolm Elder - fellow artist)
Our opening speaker was Lorraine Kypiotis who taught us Art History last year but is now a lecturer at the National Art School in Sydney. (She is holding a solo exhibition later in the year in the Access Gallery)
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