THE Prom Coast is brimming with artistic talent and is serviced by an eclectic mix of local galleries, studios and workshops that are a drawcard for both locals and tourists alike.
This year’s festival brings with it the opportunity for you to become the artist and have your work exhibited in an exciting pop-up outdoor gallery. Innovative artist Mandy Gunn will teach you how to create ephemeral sculptures from naturally occurring materials such as stones and vegetation that blend into the environment.
Starting off with the Ephemeral Sculpture Workshop on Sunday 19 March, participants will be inspired to be creative, resourceful and inventive about using a range of materials to create beautiful art works. The Rail Trail Reserve in Foster will become the scene for an outdoor exhibition where participants will gather together to create their magnificent pieces of art for all to enjoy. Beginners through to experienced are welcome, contact Mandy Gunn 0411 257 045 to book a place at the workshop.
With just under ten days until the official opening of the 2017 Prom Coast Seachange Festival, many exhibitions listed on the program have already started.
“Even though the festival runs across the last week of March and the first weekend in April there is an array of exhibitions on the festival program that are already underway,” explained festival chairperson Deb Bray. “There are many quality exhibitions that will run throughout the festival and a number that extend into May.”
Currently exhibiting at the Fish Creek Hotel Artspaces is highly esteemed Mardan painter Julie Lundgren Coulter. Julie leaves aside the oils that have earned her many awards and prizes to continue her exploration of local earth pigments and charcoal in a series of stunning large-scale landscapes. Her New Directions: Irregularities and Abstractions exhibition will be on show until 30 May. For further information contact the curator 0408 871 379.
Mary Shaw will have Seascapes and More… on display at her Sandy Point Art Gallery until 17 April. Her exhibition features watercolour paintings of seascapes and landscapes of local and overseas scenes. The gallery is open daily and for further information contact (03) 5684 1094.
Recently, Kerry Spokes and Michael Lester celebrated the Gecko Studio Gallery’s 10th anniversary and their reputation for quality exhibitions continues throughout the festival. Collision, an exhibition of sculpture and drawings by Mark Reyment of Tarwin Lower, opens at the gallery in Fish Creek on Sunday 19 March. For further information contact Michael Lester on (03) 5683 2481.
An important exhibition during the festival, South Gippsland Sport through the Century, will be on show at the Foster Museum in Main Street. Presented by The Foster and District Historical Society Inc., large-scale prints of local sporting groups from days gone by have already generated a great deal of interest when they were displayed in shop windows recently.
Each year, the Great Southern Portrait Prize presents an intriguing collection of artwork portraying members of the South Gippsland community. The exhibition will be on display at the Stockyard Gallery from 30 March to 1 May with the presentation of awards at 11.00am on Saturday 1 April. Come along a see who it is you recognise up on the wall.
Back by popular demand, the Double-Take Shop Window Installation was hugely popular in 2015. Prom Coast Arts Council artists have been paired up with businesses in Foster to create fantastically decorated windows based on the type of business and the style of the artist. Exciting works of art will be created that utilise or depict elements particular to the hosting trade. Printed guides will be available during the festival to make your stroll around town even more insightful.
Other galleries of note to visit during the festival are the Toora Village Studio Gallery and, in Fish Creek, the Ceila Rosser Gallery, PeoplePlacesThings, Ride the Wild Goat Gallery, and Stefani Hilltop Gallery.
“With so many great events being on the program it’s impossible to list them all,” Deb Bray explained. “Keep checking the festival website www.promcoastseachangefestival.org and Facebook page for event updates and booking details.