Eco Art Opens

A wonderful, warm evening for our ECO ART opening in our Wattle Studio Gallery. We welcomed many guests and enjoyed superb drinks and snacks.

President Gabi Dick opened the proceedings and then handed over to Committee Member Zana Dare who overviewed the exhibition. Our special guests, Lucy Pritchard and Amber Abele joined us to receive their prizes they won in our Poster competition. 

Our guest speaker, Tony Wellington, gave a wonderful speech – extracts from this insightful speech are included below. Thank you, Tony! It was a pleasure to see you back in Wallace House. Tony’s gift was a Noosa Botanical Art Group calendar, a Haiku Reeds zine, a novel and all in a boomerang bag – lots to remind him of Noosa Arts & Crafts throughout next year too.

Member Linda Evans was celebrating her birthday and brought along a scrumptious cake to share with everyone. Happy Birthday, Linda!

Below is a gallery of the evening’s events and some of the wonderful art on display. The exhibition is open August 6 & 7 from 9am to 3pm. Thereafter weekdays – 9am to 2pm – until August 26.

Extracts from Tony Wellington’s Speech:

“I had a sneak preview of the exhibition this morning, and I was overwhelmed by the many, many ways that participating artists have approached the overarching concerto of ECO ART. Some have used the exhibition as an occasion to explore the personal passion for the natural world, while others have used it as an opportunity to express their anger at humankind’s destructiveness. So we have a wide range of thematic and emotional content to enjoy as well as the widest range of media…….

Dave Gilbert’s – Snake in the Grass – reminds us that nature has no moral structure. It is we who try to impose our personal sense of morality upon nature. Animals going about their business of surviving is neither good nor bad……..

What the State of the Environment Report doesn’t investigate is whether we urbanised humans are becoming more or less removed from he natural environment. One only has to look at those posters by schoolchildren to appreciate the vast majority of kids have an innate fascination with and an infinity for nature. Yet it doesn’t always last into adulthood…..

The critical point here is that we will only look after that which we understand and take an interest in. If people aren’t inspired to reap pleasure from the incredible diversity and intricacy of nature, be that of bushland or backer, then they won’t lift a finger to save it…….

In the end, that is the most vital role that an exhibition like this can perform. It will help people see the natural world through others’ eyes. And it may also inspire some to think a bit deeper about how humanity is not separate from, but rather an integral part of the ecosystems we inhabit”.