Thursday, April 29, 2010

Giant Spotted Sea Cucumber Sculpture a Hoax ‹(•¿•)›

Is this what a Giant Spotted Sea Cucumber Sculpture would look like? 

Don't worry!  Not going to happen!

Nicole Jakins - RADF Committee - is asking local artists and Cooktowner's to give feedback on public art for the Community Events Centre.

Any ideas? What would you like to see as public art in, on or around the centre? Think of things for the grounds, landscape, walls, spaces etc.

Go to the Community Events Centre Blog to leave comments and suggestions.

** Click on Comments at left to enlarge and read  **

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Giant Spotted Sea Cucumber Sculpture for Events Centre ? ? ? ? ! ! ! No!

If you’re happy with the idea of installing a contemporary sculpture depicting a giant spotted Sea Cucumber outside the new Events Centre, then this message isn’t for you…

However if you’re not that fussed about this idea - then Cook Shire Community Events Centre would really be chuffed if you were able to give feedback on what public you would like to see at the new centre.

This is an opportunity for local artists to have their say about possible art installations on the grounds and/or exterior walls/interior space of the building. Your feedback is vital.

Please…mull it over and get back to us. Email your ideas or make comments online at where the floor plans and concept designs for the centre are available. You can also jot down some notes [rough sketches would be fabulous] and slip them under the door of the Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery at 125 Charlotte Street.

Thanks for your time. Warm regards
Nicole Jakins Regional Arts Development Fund [RADF] Committee Member (in progress)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Judy Pomroy Acrylic Art Workshop Cooktown April 2010

Some of the acrylic paintings produced at Judy Pomroy's Acrylic Art Workshop in Cooktown. 

At the time these photos were taken the paintings were yet to be completed.  The close up pictures show what participants 'found' in a textured, coloured background created in stage one of the process.  When a decision was made the subject was blocked in and further enhanced by building up layers, contrast, highlights and form.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Judy Pomroy Acrylic Art Workshop!

The Judy Pomroy Acrylic Art Workshop held in Cooktown at the Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery was a great success.

All the art work produced was exciting and inventive.

Judy showed us how to use all types of acrylic mediums and painting techniques to create interesting and textural backgrounds as the basis for a found painting.

Have a look at more photos pf the paintings on Cooktown Art Facebook album.  The paintings are not completed at the time the photos were taken but it certainly gives you an idea.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Elsie Meyer and Betsy Carpenter Retrospective Exhibition

Now on at the Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery 125 Charlotte Street, Cooktown, an exhibition showcasing the paintings of Elsie Meyer and Betsy Carpenter.  Members of the Cooktown School of Art Society over many decades, Elsie and  Betsy passed away last year.  They are missed by fellow artists.  Over the years they contributed so much to the success of the art society and volunteered their time to run exhibitions and art workshops.  See the paintings of local scenes completed over the years at Cooktown Art on Facebook
Some paintings are for sale.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Flying Arts Workshop

Rain affected the turn out to the Cooktown Flying Arts Workshop 'Project Belonging' but those who attended enjoyed discussions with artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan.  Working together a  layered cube sculpture was created to demonstarte the process.

Alfredo and Isabel have held successful exhibitions of 'Project Belonging' where cube sculptures in the hundreds are used to build a walk through structure. 

Hopevale and Rossville children enjoyed the 'In Flight Art Workshops' with good numbers attending.

Paul Brinkman Director Cairns Regional Gallery 2010 Art Judge

The Cooktown School of Art Society  CSAS has recently secured Paul Brinkman - Director of the prestigious Cairns Regional Art Gallery as judge of this years’ 32nd Annual Art Exhibition held in conjunction with the Cooktown Discovery Festival.

Paul is charged with managing the largest regional gallery in Far North Queensland, servicing an area that encompasses Cape York and the Torres Strait. Having 13 specialist staff, the gallery is recognised as one of Queensland’s most entrepreneurial regional galleries.

Paul’s tertiary qualifications include a Bachelor of Secondary Education in Art and Design, a Graduate Diploma in Management (Arts) and a Masters of Management (Arts and Cultural Management) through the University of South Australia. In 2005, he was selected by the Gordon Darling Foundation to participate in the prestigious Museum Leadership Program through the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Business School.

Spokesperson for the CSAS Diana Burns said that “We’re thrilled to have someone of this stature come on board, raising the profile of the exhibition.  We’re equally pleased that Paul has seen that this community arts event is worth supporting and look forward to utilising his expertise as an arts judge”.

The Cook Shire Council has also pledged its support, by kindly donating the $1,000 prize for the Cook Shire Council Award, in which a painting depicting a recognisable scene of the Cook Shire will be acquired for its collection.

With a substantial prize pool of over $5,000, artists are encouraged to put their entries of painting, watercolour, sculpture and textiles in by Tuesday 11th May.  For entry forms go to:, email phone 07 40 695 322.
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