Summer 2016 - 2017 Summer 2016 - 2017


                 1 Voyages Botanical
Christine Johnson 
“Voyages Botanical” is artist Christine Johnson’s tribute to the untamed treasures of Australia’s vast native flower garden. It is indeed a voyage: through rare and wonderful landscapes, but also through our botanical heritage and history.
Voyages Botanical was inspired by Johnson’s time as a Creative Fellow at the State Library of Victoria. Her research, which drew on the library’s collection of rare books of botanical illustration, took her back to the pioneering work of early botanical artists including Sydney Parkinson, Pierre-Joseph Redouté and Ferdinand Bauer. This was the beginning of Johnson’s own creative journey that at once honours our past, present and future.


Watermarks up the Noosa River 
Beatrice Prost
As a fervent photographer and kayaker, I explore theNoosa River up close. With Watermarks Up the Noosa River, I wish to offer the experience of exhilaration and beauty our river offers, looking closer at its source. Watermarks Up the Noosa River is a sanctuary where visitors enter a world, above and below the water surface,a low and slow mode of distorted time and space.A guaranteed breathtaking river view taken from an unusual view point.



Wild/flower Women
Kathleen McArthur (1915-2000) + Judith Wright (1915-2000)

Art, environment and activism. The role of writers and artists has been crucial in raising awareness about the special qualities of the Queenslandenvironment. Among those involved were the artist/writer Kathleen McArthur and poet Judith Wright.
This exhibition features a selection of Kathleen’s beautiful wildflower paintings and ephemera drawn from the collections of Hugh McArthur, Fryer Library/University of QLD, Wildlife Preservation Society of QLD and Greg Roberts, many of which were based on Sunshine Coast flora. It also tells the story of how Kathleen and Judith’s love of ‘wildflowering’ inspired one of Australia’s first major conservation campaigns leading to the establishment of Cooloola National Park. Curated by Dr Susan Davis and Nina Shadforth.
  Elemental: Artists' Books
"Elemental” is a delightful take on natural history by artists in the Noosa Paper and Books Group.
Paper,found objects, drawing, printmaking, sewing and more,are raw materials for works that invite the audience to engage with the natural world and question their understanding of what makes a book.

7 - 18 January 2017
Tree Place a Pop Up Exhibition


An Ancient tree fell across a road, it stopped traffic. The tree was cut into pieces and taken for wood chipping.
A women saw the place where the tree had been and went to record the story, she followed the trunk to the rubbish dump, where it sat abandoned.
The caretaker offered the tree to her, she hesitated, but to say no was admitting the tree was rubbish.
Here was an opportunity to turn a tragedy into a new beginning. And so the idea began to grow, the tree would be used as a teacher to share stories of culture, inspire creativity to build connection, and start a new story of optimism for the future.
More information about Tree Place.



Friends Noosa Regional Gallery presents its 6th Group exhibition exclusively
organized for our creative members. Friend’s Taste of Art 2017
presents our rich and diverse local talent from artists to hobbyist alike.



Animal FanFair: Animals-Humans-Environment
2 March - 23 April 2017


Claude Jones, Beast of Burden,2011, acrylic paint, pencil, collage and screenprint on canvas, 112 x 111cm. Image Al Sim 


Animal FanFair: Humans – Animals – Environment draws attention to humankind’s changing relationships with animals which are complex and often contradictory. The artists examine human nature and challenge us to think about how we treat animals, asking us to question the ethics of keeping, killing and engineering new species of animals.

Artists include: Katka Adams, Marian Drew, Hayden Fowler, Kelly Hussey-Smith, Owen Hutchison, Claude Jones, Sam Leach, Emma Lindsay, Rod McRae and Walter Stahl.

Curator’s talk

Date: Thursday 2 March, 4pm.
Join Karen Tyler for an informative talk and tour of the Animal FanFair exhibition.
Free event, RSVP appreciated


Animal FanFair is a Moreton Bay Regional Council touring exhibition, managed by Museum and Galleries Queensland. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Sam Leach ,Mouflon ,2013 ,Oil and resin on wood 50x 80cm.Image:Andrew Wuttke 




2 March - 23 April 2017

Rachel Newling  
Linocuts, Engravings & Drawings



w Acclaimed and much loved artist Rachel Newling

is exhibiting a selection of her distinctive and beautiful hand coloured linocuts, engravings and pastel drawings of our native fauna and flora. 

Rachel is an established artist from Sydney who recently relocated to the Noosa area. She’s had numerous solo exhibitions and has works held in public gallery collections including those of the Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Australian War Memorial, Artbank, Cairns Regional Gallery and the Royal Botanic Gardens Trust.
Invitation here [734KB] 




 2 March - 23 April '17


Captivating Creatures II 
Fiona Groom, Janet Carew and Sara Bell 


‘Captivating Creatures II’ is a fresh take on the recent ‘Captivating Creatures’ as Fiona Groom and Janet Carew invite Sara Bell to join the conversation, for this second public outing. Each of the three women find inspiration in the animal kingdom ‘Captivating Creatures II’ is their celebration of the lives of animals. Colour, movement, composition and content all adding energy and quirk, in this lively show.