WOB gets behind 'green' artists

Things are happening in WOB’s art world, with the launch of a group exhibition in Queensland's Mission Beach and the last few days to go at IWD Art Prize winner Melinda Hayton's show in Brisbane.

Next month, Women on Boards co-chair Ruth Medd has been invited to open the Not As Green art exhibition in Mission Beach, Queensland (if Sydney’s lockdown restrictions are lifted in time).

The exhibition is sponsored by Women on Boards, and features the work of six emerging North Queensland artists.

“As the Chair of WOB I chose to support artists, primarily female artists and, more recently, those from rural and regional areas,” said Ruth.

‘It’s important that an organisation like WOB supports community activities. Particularly those that are often under-funded vis-à-vis women’s participation.”

Opening at the Mission Beach Community Arts Centre -  two hours south of Cairns, through cane and banana country on 6 August - the Not As Green exhibition features work by Shara Cassidy, Pete Faulkner, Carol Giuliany, Lynda Hannah-Williams, Bruce Parry, and Sue Pullman. They are all members of the group known as the Green Painters which formed in 2010.

The group started out as a collective of fresh, raw and untrained (or ‘green’) artists and had their first exhibition in 2013, called Green. Subsequent exhibitions were called Green As and Greenish, all demonstrating their ongoing progression.

The artists explore different mediums and themes including landscape, figurative, and portraiture.

“We’ve been painting over the past 18 months for this exhibition,” said artist Pete Faulkner “We all have the passion to paint and express ourselves individually. The Not as Green artists have their own distinct styles and use different materials, colours, and equipment to demonstrate this. Our diversity and evolving interests and approaches help keep us together and maintain us as a painting group.”

Other sponsors are Charley's Chocolates.

Tickets are free, booking essential. Click HERE for tickets or HERE for more information. 

Last chance

There’s still time to see the work of Melinda Hayton. The 2019 winner of the IWD Art Prize, Melinda’s exhibition Focus on Women II is on at Tiny Tree Cafe in Cooparoo until 17 July.

The opening night was a great success, with around 80 people attending and works sold. But there are still some pieces remaining if you’re keen to get your hands on some great art.

The IWD Women’s Art Prize was established by Lesley Dimmick, Director of the TAP Gallery in Darlinghurst Sydney and WOB in 2010, to identify and assist emerging female artists to achieve recognition and success.

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