TreeLine 2012 exhibitions launched at Noosa Regional Gallery
  • Friday 11 May 2012

Sunshine Coast Council presents two innovative TreeLine 2012 green art exhibitions Germinating, Growing, Wilting and Swamp Cartography, Notes in Silver and Clay at Noosa Regional Gallery until 1 July 2012.

Council’s Cultural and Heritage Collections Manager John Waldron said TreeLine 2012 returns to galleries across the Coast with a lively focus on children.

"TreeLine will help children draw on the connection between themselves as the earth’s inhabitants and their impact on our planet," he said.

"The Swamp Cartography, Notes in Silver and Clay exhibition by Shannon Garson and Rebecca Ward features the coastal lowland heath areas of south east Queensland which are endangered but beautiful ecosystems, often overlooked and under threat by development.

"The humility of the low lying and stunted vegetation springing persistently from acidic soil is deceptive – huge variation and intricate details are revealed through close examination.

"The small but exquisitely jewel-like flowering and fruiting bodies, leaf types and stems provide inspiration for jeweller Rebecca Ward and ceramicist Shannon Garson, whose works fuse ceramics, jewellery glass, film, web-based media and photography.

"The artists conducted workshops with local school children to provide them with an appreciation of their natural environment.

One of these workshops included ceramicist Shannon Garson who worked with 160 prep to grade 7 students at Kin Kin, Kenilworth and Peregian Springs State Schools and created thousands of porcelain leaves which will be showcased in the ‘Leaf ‘installation during the exhibition.

‘Leaf’ is composed of sculptures, porcelain leaves and photographs of the students’ hands working with the fine, white porcelain and brightly coloured leaves of the Quandong tree."

Mr Waldron said the second TreeLine exhibition, Germinating, Growing, Wilting, is a collaborative installation of ephemeral sculpture and paintings by artists Claudine Marzik and Tijn Meulendijks.

"It is executed in a variety of media and beautifully captures the poignant and under-represented North Queensland landscape," he said.

Other exhibition activities include free family days on Sunday 13 May celebrating Mother’s Day and Sunday 10 June from 11am to 2pm. There will also be an opportunity to book to meet the artists over coffee this Saturday from 11am to noon. Registrations are also open for the TreeLine All that sprouts, crawls and grows school holiday workshops from 27 June to 5 July 2012.

For full details contact Noosa Regional Gallery on 5449 5340 or visit Treeline website. Noosa Regional Gallery is free and open to the public, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm.