Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre Art Auction

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The Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre’s inaugural art auction took place on Friday, April 19.  Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre CEO Tanya Stevenson thanked local auctioneer Craig Winter for orchestrating the event and helping raise more than $2000 for various homelessness initiatives throughout Queensland.

“Craig had 95% of the art on hand and we were just waiting for the right event to attach it to. The opening of the Wandering Teapot and Kindness Garden was the perfect opportunity,” Tanya said.

“We had such a wide variety of art, from eighteenth century through to modern eclectic art.  There was something for everything and everything was very reasonably priced.”

Tanya said the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre hoped the art auction would become an annual event which would be held around Easter each year.


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Tori-Jay Mordey is a 24-year-old local Indigenous artist who began drawing when she was very young. She was raised in the Torres Straits on Thursday Island but spent a majority of her childhood in Hervey Bay. Her knowledge and experience from her diverse upbringing is reflected in her art. Tori’s understanding of self-identity, physical appearance, and racial identity played a significant role during her studies at Queensland College of Art at Griffith University.

Art has always been Tori’s greatest passion – after expressing creativity early in her years, art has played an essential role in her life ever since. She is multi-skilled artist who uses a wide range of supplies and tools. One of her devices is a Wacom drawing tablet which assists in digital drawings. She mainly works with paints and pencils but has also experimented in printmaking, specialising in copper etchings.  Her other hobbies include film and photography.

As a growing artist, she’s keen to experiment with different mediums. Each work could take from an hour through to a month to complete. She aims to space out her time and take step back and breathe, rather than engulfing herself in the work that she thoroughly enjoys.

It was in her final year of high school when both Tori-Jay and her Aunty Jillian Boyd entered the national Black&Write competition in 2012 for their story “Bakir and Bi”. It was the first official children’s book which she illustrated. They won the competition which led to Tori-Jay being employed by Magabala Books, an indigenous book publisher from Western Australia. Since then, her career has skyrocketed. Without these opportunities and generous help from the Black&Write team and Magabala Books, she would not be where she is today.

The painting of the 2014 G20 Brisbane sign (top of page) was another significant artwork which remains as a popular tourist monument in South Bank, Brisbane.  While studying a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Arts she became head designer and, alongside her fellow students, contributed to painting the ‘S’ for the BRISBANE sign.

SBS – K’GARI Interactive Website (2017)

In 2017, Tori-Jay designed concept art for K’GARI, an SBS interactive web documentary which can be access via their website: http://www.sbs.com.au/kgari/ which collaborated with renowned Butchulla artist Fiona Foley. It became a finalist in the UNNA Media awards and two prestigious web design awards, the Awwwards and the FWA. In addition, they showcased the documentary at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

More recently, Tori-Jay was honoured to become the illustrator for Cathy Freeman’s portrait in “Shout Out to the Girls” which was published last year by Penguin Random House Australia. This book features easy-to-read biographies of influential women from Australia’s past and present, as well as including portrait illustrations from an all-female artist’s line-up.

Tori-Jay says her greatest aspiration is to become a more renowned illustrator.

“In the next five years, I hope to have my own cool artsy studio apartment, to expand to reach overseas, and to be able to work on more books alongside different publishers,” Tory-Jay said.

She hopes to inspire others with her storytelling as an Indigenous illustrator and to become an example of where dedication and practice can take you.

The Message is in the Art

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Painting is a powerful medium for expressing emotions and sending messages.

Hervey Bay artist Leticia has created a multitude of paintings that use colour and various subject matter to capture and express her moods and feelings.

The walls of her home are filled with beautiful richly-coloured artworks featuring whimsical images in golds, yellows and reds – representing the happiness and passion in her life. But there are some that depict sadness, or the journey from a sad state, with serious subject matter. For Leticia, the canvas provides a way of expressing her emotions and her mindset during her creative phase.

Leticia, who is a local high school teacher, believes art should be accessible to everyone and strives to create multimedia artworks that can be turned into prints so everyone can have art in their home. She incorporates art into school work whenever she can, providing hands-on activities to assist her students to learn. She is also working with Fraser Coast Arts Academy to do art workshops in February to share her passion and gift to students who would want to learn about the application of mixed media art and basic art techniques.

On weekends, and whenever she has time, Leticia puts brush to canvas. She paints at the dining table and studios space in her dining room, as she finds it’s the best part of the house because it is the central hub of a home and has great lighting. She blocks out the world, listens to relaxing Tibetan chimes and searches for inspiration within. Some of that inspiration comes from her Latin American background, and the influence of artists like Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Leticia emulates the detailed and vibrant style in many of her works, such as her Venetian mask series. She loves the dramatic costume effect of the subject matter, and gives them rich earthy tones and intricate textural designs.

Leticia’s favourite artist is American artist Mark Rothko.

“I like that through his work you can create your own dialogue, not the artist telling you what you are meant to feel, think and believe; it’s a personal experience with the viewer.

“Your interpretation depends on your own experience, history and state of mind at that time of viewing the work.”

Leticia has always enjoyed art, and studied art at USQ in Toowoomba, majoring in installation art, printmaking and curatorial studies, then graduating as a visual arts practitioner. But as most artists realise, making a living from art is difficult, so she worked in hospitality while she built her folio. Leticia’s work is exploratory, embracing abstraction, expressionism and surrealism, though her clients have commissioned her to create decorative figurative intricate pieces.

Leticia’s painting ‘The mummy’ is a particularly good example of the layers we put on before we go out into the world- the layers we need to wrap ourselves in before we venture out and deal with society every day. The colours are organic and earthy tones. The painting being both bold and brave, while still showing a softness and insecurity within the delicate folds wrapped gently around a hidden face. She said it is up to the viewer to read their own interpretation.

Her works range in size, with the largest a mural in the railway corridor which she did 15 years ago. While most of her work is large or sizeable canvases of 1.5 to 2 meters in dimensions, she also enjoys the small intimacies of small pieces.

She uses multi-mix media in her work and enjoys the freedom this brings. Leticia experiments with a range of materials including laser printing images, photographic imagery, oil and acrylic  paints,  fabric, wax, illustrator pens, pencils and pastels, designer inks, gold leafing and tactile things to provide texture. She hasn’t done sculpture in a while but did create some sculptures for breast cancer awareness.

Leticia is currently working on a large anatomical series including a heart, brain and lungs, in earthy colours. It is reminiscent of the old medical journals of the 19th century.  It is in response to a great loss she suffered when her dog beloved passed away. The series is based around her loss, including her heart which was broken, her mind that had to find a way to cope, and her lungs which represented learning how to breathe again.

Another series is Alice in Wonderland series. Leticia said that the rabbit and the Mad Hatter are represented in the madness and the sporadic way in which it was made. The Mad Hatter represents the environment that the poor little rabbit is in. The theme of Alice in Wonderland had a very significant relationship to Leticia when she found herself in Stockland.

“You’re guided by a divine force to places for a reason,” she said.

“It was like I was drawn to a place for a reason and there were signs. Only to be aware when I bought some tea at a pop-up stand and the lady began talking about this new opportunity for young entrepreneurs. I bought some tea that had an Alice in wonderland image inside.

“I also happened to see a teapot there that reminded me of the Mad Hatter. I had just finished illustrating the rabbit in the Alice in wonderland story and it all seemed to be aligning into some kind of real life narrative”

The visit to Stockland led to Leticia displaying and selling her work at Community Cubed. That’s how the whole journey started – she followed the rabbits.

Leticia has started a series on warrior angels, using earthy raw colours. The theme is in keeping with her belief that there is something divine about art. She said that when an artist was in the zone, and only realised what they’d done when they’d come out of it, was when they were being touched by the hand of God.

Leticia’s work is currently being exhibited at Fraser Coast Art Gallery and Academy at 9/17 Liuzzi Street, Pialba. She is part of a co op with ten other artist called “Eleven” who exhibit, volunteer and conduct workshops at the gallery and academy.

Leticia’s work is a wonder of expression, her South American heritage giving her art colour and vibrancy that allows the viewers to feel and connect. Her work creates an impact and appeal that makes it a must to see and enjoy.

Colourful and Dynamic Exhibition Opening a Pure Visual Delight

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3 Draws a Crowd – take 3 by local artists Ve Hammond

Tania Gilby and Pam Price officially opened on Saturday November 3 and runs for four weeks. The Beacon went to the opening and were impressed by the talent and creativity that these three artists have brought together to ensure that the exhibition is interesting, colourful and dynamic. It is a pure visual delight!

The range of art ensures that there is something for everyone. The sculptures and abstract paintings by Tania are simply wonderful. Pam’s beautifully painted pictures of native fauna and flora are breathtaking, and Ve’s playful and colourful display of paintings are nothing short of marvellous.

The exhibition is a joy to visit, with all art available for sale at very reasonable prices.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Maryborough Art Society and is now showing at the Maryborough Art Gallery, 282 Kent Street Maryborough commencing 3rd November 2018 and running the entire month, ending 3rd December 2018. I urge all avid art lovers to put this exhibition on their list of things to see in November 2018. You won’t be disappointed. P.S I can’t lie – I bought several of their beautiful works of art myself!

Painting a brighter future

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Plastic pollution and saving our earth are a major topic in today’s society. Children as young as seven are addressing this issue through art. Students at Shanay’s Art School in Maryborough are currently working on sculptures and paintings which express their concerns about the damage plastic is causing in our world. Their works will be on display at the Maryborough Art Society Gallery from December 7th to December 17th.

Students of Shanay’s Art School were intrigued by Australia’s plastic bag ban and wanted to know more about the effect that plastic has on the earth. They discussed what impact plastic bags have on the environment, how they can recycle their plastics and use reusable bags instead. Shanay ran a canvas bag workshop where students could paint and decorate their own bag which could be used in place of plastic bags, which the students thought was great. Since term two of 2018 Shanay has been working on the idea of creating and displaying a gallery piece to showcase her students’ hard work and their strong beliefs about plastic pollution.

In term three Shanay displayed pictures of plastic in the environment such as a seahorse holding an earbud with its tail which students discussed and brainstormed ideas for artwork. Students started creating pieces and experimenting with different mediums and colours. Each student is creating and developing their canvas with their own identity and displaying their interpretation of plastic pollution.

Students are encouraged to use any medium they like, with some even fusing plastic to their artwork. Some students took to the marine life side and how aquatic animals and sea life can be harmed by plastic. The students are putting the final touches to their artworks, focusing on what they really want to depict. The 10-day exhibition will include the sculptures and canvases of more than 20 students.

Print Yourself Happy At Go Figure 3DU

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The Fraser Coast scores a first for Queensland with the arrival of the State’s first of its type, full-body 3D scanner. The equipment was imported by Go Figure 3DU, at the Community 3 shop in Stockland, Hervey Bay for creating life-like figurines. But the importers say the scanning technology can be used to scan pretty much anything that can fit in the centre circle of the 3-metre booth. Unlike handheld scanners, Go Figure’s scanner is super quick and able to capture pin sharp details in a fraction of a second, making it ideal for quick moving subjects like children and pets. Just like having a quality portrait photo taken you’ll need to book a session time, but once the scan is taken you’ll get to see a digital 3DU (3D You) on screen within minutes. Once you approve your scan, the file is then sent for 3D printing. Bookings can be made at any time during business hours at the Community 3 shop (entrance through the Wandering Teapot in the food court Stockland Hervey Bay).
As this service is unique and printing demand at this time of year is very high, you could expect a six to eight week wait on delivery of your figurine. Single small figurines start from $228 and make an excellent Christmas present for grandparents

3D WORKSHOPS To help develop 3D skills (one of the job skills in rising demand), and to raise awareness of the potential of this technology, Go Figure 3DU will be sponsoring four 3D printing workshops scheduled for 7, 14, 21 and 28 of November from 6pm to 8pm at the Urangan Community Centre. The workshops are hosted by the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre and delivered by Matthew Morey, industrial designer and teacher. In addition to having access to a teacher in the 3D field, attendees will have an opportunity to network and mix with like minded enthusiasts and have the opportunity to win a Go Figure 3DU gift voucher to the value of $150 as a lucky door prize at the last workshop on 28 November. Access to computers will be limited at these workshops, if you have your own laptop please bring it along. All age groups are welcome but children under the age of 14 should be accompanied by an adult.

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