Flying high
  • Thursday 17 April 2008

Tony Rice’s artwork will soar above all others at GreenArt, the inaugural Sunshine Coast Regional Council art and environment event to be held at the Maroochy Botanical Gardens from the 12 to 18 May.

GreenArt brings together a diverse range of artists to workshop with primary and secondary school students from across the Sunshine Coast based around the theme of Art in Nature.

Over the week-long educational program, artist Tony Rice will work with students to create moving structures based on environmental elements of wind and light. Tony’s vivid images of serpents and dragons, angels, birds and brightly coloured insects have been adorning kites since he began creating them over 20 years ago.

When asked about his affinity for kites, Tony replied, “Working with the kite came about as a direct response to the limitations of exhibiting my work in galleries. The kite became the new vehicle for my painting and sculpture, interacting with the great gallery in the sky with its characteristic wind, clouds, birds, sun, rain, and unlimited space.

“As a potter I drew inspiration from the traditions of Japan and as a kite maker I do the same – by using bamboo and paper, the traditional materials used in kite-making. I use a great variety of papers and paints to create works of art that reflect my quirky imagination.”

“By teaching kite making to young people, I hope that they will feel the same sense of awe and beauty in their achievements of creating a piece of art that does more than hang on the wall”.

For more information please call Nina Shadforth on 5449 5340

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About GreenArt: a collaborative event supported region-wide by Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Noosa Regional Gallery, and the Friends of Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens incorporating Creative Juice. GreenArt is supporting the Creative Juice program which is arts mentoring in the form of a variety of workshops under the guidance of qualified and experienced artists. Creative Juice is specifically targeted towards primary and secondary school children who have an interest in advancing their art education and utilising their artistic abilities.