Calling All Sunshine Coast Art Lovers

Author: Buddina Art Show
Issue 82

Calling All Sunshine Coast Art Lovers

If you have any interest whatsoever in art, you must put the Buddina Art Show on your calendar for next October - if this year’s reviews are anything to go by!

‘An amazing effort’, ‘an artist wonderland’, ‘an engaging exhibition, colourful and inspiring’ were just some of the comments made.

The show started off with a bang, with more than 200 people, dressed in all their finery, gathering at a gala night to view the professional and student artwork. The French-themed event was a buzz, with Todd Widdicombe from Mix FM comparing, and the beautiful voice of Michelle Bradford-Jones entertaining.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson opened the show and named the art prize winner before the auction begun. Chainsaw artist Matt George kindly donated a sculpture of a barramundi that was also auctioned.

The 2016 show has been a highlight of the Sunshine Coast art scene, and the biggest event yet, with artists such as Kendall Perkins, Gerrard King, Rayma Everson and Paula Higgins just to name a few. Each year the level of support from professional artists has increased, with over 300 professional pieces of artwork displayed at the 2016 Buddina Art Show.

Artist-in-Residence Julie Ehrlich has been working with the children over the year, with every child producing at least six finished pieces of art. Saturday and Sunday were family days at the Buddina Art Show, with many parents and grandparents attending to see a range of artwork, that included string art, drawing, popart and remakes of the masters. Children were also able to take part in interactive activities in the art gallery on the weekend.

“I loved the art show because I played iPad art games, did some string art and looked at all the beautiful art,” said one seven-year-old girl.

Principal Peter Lloyd said, “We had an incredibly successful show - our best yet! This year brought on board the marketing students from the University of the Sunshine Coast with the idea of an art prize of $1500. This has proved a great success.”

The overall winner was artist Chris Postle, and the People’s Choice Award went to artist Rayma Everson.

The Buddina Art Show idea was conceived by Debe Crotty, who is passionate about providing broad opportunities for students, and dreams about the future of excellence in the arts that will be possible through the school’s Artist-in-Residence program.

The Buddina Art Show is one example of how we aim high and achieve our goals at Buddina State School, and that is the message we also bring into the classroom for all our kids. Keep working, keep aiming high and results will come.

Venue: Buddina School Hall, Corner of Iluka Avenue and Tumut Street Buddina, QLD 4574

Phone: (07) 5477 8888