Art lovers invited to event

BUNDABERG art lovers are welcome to attend the 2015 CQU Creates Art Exhibition celebrating the artistic talent of past and present staff and students of CQUniversity and CQ TAFE.

The Bundaberg leg of the Exhibition roadshow is open for visitors from November 6-8 at the Building 5 Gallery Space on CQUniversity Bundaberg campus.

Entry is free of charge to view the outstanding and diverse artworks on display. Details are via www.cqu.edu.au/cqucreates.

The winner of the CQU Creates Art Award 2015 is Lisa Gaze, who has been teaching jewellery at CQUniversity (and previously at CQ TAFE) for the past 18 years, having introduced jewellery making into the visual arts curriculum in 1999.

Lisa's winning entry, Dandelion Delights (2015) comprises a pin (sterling silver, nickel and 9 carrot gold) and a brooch (sterling and fine silver, vintage mother of pearl button, brass, copper and 14 carrot and 9 carrot gold) mounted on a drawing, executed in the technique of silverpoint on gouache on paper.

Silverpoint is an old master drawing technique which involves making marks with a fine silver wire on a prepared surface, which leaves a metallic residue, at first silvery, but which oxidises to a brown colour. Lisa's artwork functions as both a piece of wall art and wearable pieces of jewellery. When not being worn, the pin and the brooch can be returned to their setting in their frame.

The judges, artists Pamela CroftWarcon and Carmen Beezley-Drake, praised the versatility and exquisite quality of the work.

"As well as being pieces of jewellery to be worn, this is a beautiful assemblage to hang on a wall - it is innovative, versatile and demonstrates impeccable craftsmanship," both judges said in a statement.

Pamela CroftWarcon added: "We're pleased to award an artform (jewellery) that is sometimes overlooked."

Lisa has been a practising metalsmith since completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts (1995) at University of Southern Queensland. She grew up in the coastal town of Yeppoon and lived for a time in far north Queensland, including living and working on tropical island Bedarra Island, then at Mission Beach.

"The tropical coastal environment has strongly influenced my artform of contemporary jewellery. This coastal theme feeds my initial design and when creating the item, I enjoy how the concept evoloves into a three-dimensional piece. My main passion is for creating individual handcrafted wearable works of art that the owner will wear and cherish."

Speaking of her winning work, Dandelion Delights (2015), Lisa said "my studio windows present a glorious view of Central Queensland bushland and of the native wildlife wandering into my backyard. Dandelions spurt up out of the ground after rain and although a common weed they carry a soft beauty in the landscape and offer exceptional health properties"

The winner of the CQU Creates Student Award 2015 is Mariia Kalinina, currently an international student at CQUni Melbourne campus.

The judges praised her work, a drawing: Sunset in Melbourne (2015) pastel on cotton, as bold, colourful and attention-grabbing.

Mariia moved from Russia to study a Master of Information Systems at CQUni Melbourne.

She said her piece, which captures the Melbourne skyline at sunset, helped her get through the stresses of studying.

"My picture came to life when I was having all the difficulties of being in a new environment," Mariia said.

"It's the view from my balcony. At the end of the day I would look out and see something warm in all the lights. Like the city was telling me that everything would be alright.  I felt better after creating it."



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