By Jim Fagan
The arts have taken a beating this year. With a certain virus calling the tune, choirs like Noosa Chorale haven’t had much to sing about and, with our theatres closed, Noosa Alive and most of what entertains us cancelled, Noosa has been a cultural desert.
There is one green shoot, however.
In Tinbeerwah, a group of 70 artists (T.A.G.) haven’t allowed the pandemic to panic them. They have been busy doing what they love best and on September 18 -20 they will showcase their work at their gala art exhibition at Tinbeerwah Hall. The Art Show is held annually in memory of their founder the late Gwen Blair.
“We closed down for three months but our artists continued to paint at home,” T.A.G. committee member Jan Cooke, told Noosa Today.
“We resumed in late June at Tinbeerwah Hall, observing social distancing, of course, and our artists were ‘over the moon’ to be back together again.”
Jan said the group intended to have the “biggest and best” art show in its 26-year history and there will be paintings to suit everyone at reasonable prices.
“We are indebted to our guest tutors who have encouraged members to try new techniques and develop their skills in different mediums. Michele Knightley introduced us to Eco print making, Helen Lawson passed on her portrait painting skills, Pam Taylor’s colourful acrylics, Dale Leach’s unique style of landscape painting, and Fiona Groome honed our still life and drawing skills.
“We also held three specialty workshops allowing us to experience Trevor Purvis’s unique style of landscape painting, Cheryl McGannon’s Cold Wax techniques and pastels with master pastellist Chris Blake”.
“Unfortunately, owing to COVID 19 restrictions, we are unable to have our usual Gala Opening but the exhibition will be just as spectacular as previous years” Jan said.
Once again this year T.A.G. is donating funds raised from gold coin door entry, raffle and artists’ donations to Katie Rose Cottage Hospice at Doonan. the raffle includes a painting donated by T.A.G. member Fay White and a gift basket donated by T.A.G. members.
T.A.G. Annual Art Show at Tinbeerwah Hall, Cnr Sunrise & Noosa-Cooroy Rd, Tinbeerwah. Friday, September 18, 12 noon- 5pm. Saturday, September 19, 9am- 4.30pm, Sunday, September 20 9.30am-3.30pm. Covid 19 guidelines will apply. Inquiries, Jan Cooke – Ph 5473 0235 or 0412 769 351 firstname.lastname@example.org