Local artists combine talents for fundraiser

Magnificent deck chairs are up for sale as part of Noosa Open Studios Art Trail fund raiser.

By Abbey Cannan

The Noosa Open Studios Art Trail is hosting ’Deck Chairs on the Green’ this Saturday 3 October at the beautiful Noosa Botanic Gardens.

They will showcase 30 magnificent iconic deck chairs up for sale as their major fund raiser this year.

Viewing and silent bids will begin at Lake Macdonald Drive in Cooroy from 12pm and at 2.30pm they will be auctioned off in the amphitheatre to the highest bidder.

Tourism Noosa got behind the project under one stipulation, that it be locally made. All well and good, and hence the challenge begun.

These beautifully crafted deck chairs are made from Blue Gum wood grown in Cooran, dried and milled locally then beautiful crafted by volunteer members at Coorora Woodworkers in Cooroy.

The 30 most talented and generous artists of the 98 participating artists have uniquely embellished them each in their own unique style.

Yanni Van Zijl, local installation artist and another member of Noosa Open Studios came up with the idea to create the deck chairs as a collaboration and means to create an awareness of the arts whilst raising funds in a Covid friendly way for Noosa Open Studios.

“I am a firm believer that the ARTS are an under sourced tourism attraction, our shire is rich in possibilities to promote ourselves further in this field with such creative local talent,“ Yanni said.

“These iconic 100 per cent locally made, hand painted deck chairs will be a talking point for years to come.“

Bring a picnic, listen to the tunes of Lee Hardisty and take in the views and perhaps purchase an original artwork and meet the artists.

The Noosa Open Studio art trail begins on 9 October and ends on the 18. Drop by to collect your Art Trail guide to plan your trip.

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