The Groovin’ Grub

A group working on a papier mache caterpillar

The Groovin’ caterpillar takes shape

Umbrella Studio Inc has hired me to facilitate the building of a 10 metre papier-mache and chicken wire caterpillar for the Groovin’ the Moo festival next month. Dozens of people have participated in the building process.

One important aspect of a project like this is the community interaction that happens. It’s fascinating to listen to the wide range of conversations occurring as people glue bits of paper to the chicken wire base. Many of them have never been involved in a community art project. We’ve had participants of all ages, from young children to retirees, taking part.

This week, after attending seven Saturday afternoon sessions some of the group finally got a chance to start painting. Because we wanted this to be a fun project, we haven’t set any limitations on what the group can paint. So far, there’s a screaming caterpillar, various insects, and a flower, among other things.

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Past in the Present

A photo and painting of Ross Cr as seen from Palmer St

Looking from Palmer St across Ross Ck

My work and the accompanying photo at the Townsville T150 Anniversary Celebrations Past in the Present which is on at the Sylvia Ditchburn Fine Art Gallery until 2nd October. This is an exhibition of heritage photos and current paintings of Townsville scenes.

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Roving Artists at Cotters Market

Roving artist Bulletin 30 May 2016Today, Prudence Terry and I made page 10 of the Townsville Bulletin. We are among several artists employed as roving artists by Townsville City Council’s gallery services as part of their promotion for the Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize at Perc Tucker Regional Art Gallery and the DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize at Pinnacles Art Gallery. In this picture, we’ve been hired to draw free portrait sketches at Cotters Market.

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Jailbait

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Graeme’s third novel, Jailbait, is now available at amazon.com. To find out more about the book and to read the chapter go to his blog site at Graeme Buckley Author Blog

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Last days to see our exhibition

Our exhibition, Benthos Illumination, is coming down on Monday, 10th April. Sunday is your last chance to see it and the other two excellent exhibitions accompanying ours, Tribal Odyssey and Fragments of Moments, so I urge you to visit Umbrella  StudioSponge-Garden_web this week, if you haven’t already been. Graeme and I would like to send a big thank you to the special people who purchased our work.

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Waterlily, Tyto

Now that the frantic preparation to get our exhibition, Benthos Illuminated, hung at Umbrella Studios is over and we have time to ourselves at last, we went with a friend to Tyto Wetlands in Ingham. I took this photo, which was a happy accident, but needless to say, I am fairly pleased with it.

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Benthos Illumination

Hope you can make it along.benthos invite

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