Award-winning Sunshine Coast artist and exhibition curator Margaret Ellen Turner is opening up her heart and her creations to a good cause.
An exhibition called Painting Space is on at the Caloundra Regional Gallery and on May 3, Ms Turner will place her artworks up for live and silent auction to raise much-needed funds for Zonta Club of Caloundra’s Say No to Domestic Violence to Women campaign and its RISE project, which provides emergency accommodation to women and children fleeing domestic violence situations.
Ms Turner says she is distressed by the high number of domestic violence cases in the country and wants to use her natural talent with a brush to make a difference.
“I’m now 70 and I have had lots of opportunities come my way,” she says. “While I couldn’t summon up the cash to give a big donation, I have sweated blood and tears over these works, which have taken me a total of three years to create – each painting takes me about 10 months – and I want the sale of these artworks to make a real difference in the lives of other women.”
Zonta Club of Caloundra president Simone Ricketts says the group has just celebrated 30 years of service in the community and its RISE accommodation remains in high demand.
“There is always somebody to go in just as fast as somebody moves out,” she says.
Painting Space also showcases the work of early-career artists Carley Cornelissen, Robyn Shaw and Alison Mooney.
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