Fantastical world of flora and fauna on show at the gallery
  • Wednesday 25 May 2016
Karen Richards, Flora non Evidens, Yellow Gum, Caloundra Regional Gallery

Karen Richards, Yellow Gum (detail), 2013, machine knitting and embroidery, 380 x 300cm.

A sea of paper butterflies and a garden of delicate, embroidered Australian plants have filled Caloundra Regional Gallery with the opening of two new exhibitions today, Flora non Evidens and Papillon.

Flora non Evidens, a unique installation by award-winning textile artist Karen Richards and Papillon, created by acclaimed local artist Kim Schoenberger, will be on display at the gallery until Sunday, July 3.

Arts and Heritage Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said these exhibitions were unlike anything gallery visitors may have experienced before.

“When entering the gallery you will be greeted by Kim Schoenberger’s Papillon, a sea of 2000 butterflies ironically and surprisingly made from recycled tea bags which float from the foyer ceiling,” Cr Baberowski said.

“Further into the gallery, pop on a head torch and you’re transported into Karen Richard’s Flora non Evidens, a world of life-size trees, vines and flowers embroidered from light reflective thread. It’s quite incredible to see.

“I would encourage everyone to visit the gallery and experience it for themselves.”

When illuminated, the light reflective embroideries of endangered Australian plant species in Flora non Evidens appear as a ghostly garden before disappearing back into the darkness - the artist signifying the fragile existence of these rare plants and their environments.

The thousands of butterflies that make up Papillion have been created from the intriguing material of used tea bags that were sourced from the community by artist Kim Schoenberger. The kinetic sculpture in the foyer features 2000 butterflies, with a further 2000, printed with abstract imagery, displayed in a gallery space to allow for closer inspection.

Visit council’s gallery website for more details.

Owned and operated by Sunshine Coast Council, Caloundra Regional Gallery is located at 22 Omrah Avenue and is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Get involved in one of the following Caloundra Regional Gallery public programs, events and workshops:

Official Exhibition opening

Date:               Friday, May 27 – Note this is a public holiday in Caloundra, however the gallery will be open from 10am-4pm and from 6pm for the official opening.

Time:              6-7pm

Details:            Light refreshments provided. All welcome. Bookings are appreciated.

Uncovered Conversation with Kim Schoenberger

Date:               Thursday, May 26

Time:               10am - 1pm

Cost:                Free

Details:            Join exhibiting artist Kim Schoenberger for conversations regarding her work within the Papillon exhibition. Bookings appreciated.

Uncovered with Karen Richards

Date:               Friday, May 27

Time:               10–11am

Cost:                Free

Details:            Join exhibiting artist Karen Richards for an informative talk and tour of the Flora non Evidens exhibition. Bookings appreciated.

Made by Hand: Light Reflective 3D Embroidered Orchid with Karen Richards

Date:               Friday, May 27

Time:               1-3pm

Cost:                Free

Details:            Join exhibiting artist Karen Richards to create a small, 3D, light reflective embroidered orchid. Bookings are essential, limited numbers.

Made by Hand:  Making your Mark Printmaking Workshop

Presented by members from Press Gang Noosa Printmakers.

Date:               Thursday, June 2

Time:               9.30am – 12.30pm

Cost:                $10

Details:            Join printmakers from Press Gang Noosa to learn about printmaking and using the etching press through simple, fun techniques. This is a hands-on workshop where you will be introduced to the joys of making your own unique prints. Bookings essential. Please book and pay by May 27. 

Uncovered with Press Gang Noosa Printmakers

Date:               Wednesday, June 8

Time:               6–7pm

Cost:                Free

Details:            Join Press Gang Noosa Printmakers to learn more about the wonderful and diverse world of printmaking. Three local printmakers will discuss making their marks as printmakers and artists. Bookings essential.

Made by Hand:  Papillon Butterfly Making Workshop – for adults 18+

Presented by Kim Schoenberger.

Date:               Saturday, June 11

Time:               11am – 1pm

Cost:                $10

Details:            Explore the use of a unique material – the humble recycled tea bag, a delicate fabric randomly stained by the tea. Examine elements of design and create abstract imagery on a used tea bag with discarded materials using the Frottage technique, then create a tea bag butterfly to take home as a keepsake. Bookings essential. Please book and pay by June 6. 

Made by Hand:  Papillon Butterfly Making Workshop – for children 7+

Presented by Kim Schoenberger.

Date:               Saturday, June 18

Time:               11am – 1pm

Cost:                $5

Details:            Unleash your creative self and explore the use of a unique material – the humble recycled tea bag. In this workshop, children will have the opportunity to design, experiment and create abstract imagery on a used tea bag with found objects using the Frottage technique, and then create a tea bag butterfly to take home as a keepsake. Bookings essential. Please book and pay by June 13.

Friday3Live: Create a floral woodland garland

Date:               Friday, June 17

Time:               7–9pm

Cost:                $12

Details:            Spend a lovely evening in the gallery with florist Nat Evans and create a beautiful winter-themed floral woodland garland of autumn leaves and floral elements. Complimented with soothing music and cash bar. Bookings essential.

A night in Paris: Sketching, Magic and Champagne

Date:               Thursday, June 30

Time:               7–9.15pm

Cost:                $20

Details:            Meet, draw and be entertained in an intimate setting with the entire cast from Paris Underground. The evening will feature Burlesque star Kelly Ann Doll modelling so bring your sketch pads!  Witness some amazing close up magic by Richard Vegas, dance, costumes and an introduction into the history of burlesque in Australia. Prizes for the best dressed in Parisian theme plus French music, croissants and a complimentary Champagne on arrival. Cash bar. 

                        For a special ticketing deal for "Paris Underground' on Friday, July 1, 8pm, book 'A night in Paris' then contact The Events Centre P: 5491 4240 with the code word provided on your booking receipt. Bookings essential. Please book and pay by 27 June.