A celebration of the Sunshine Coast’s deep creative culture is set to return to a coastal town this month, showcasing some of the best work from across the region.
The Caloundra Artist Market (CAM) brings together 20 talented local artists and gives them a platform to connect with customers and each other.
CAM committee member and owner of The Art Hub Sunshine Coast Natasha Holloway says the one-day event is always full of inspiring work.
“The Sunshine Coast is a community that values its talented artists, and CAM offers visitors a great chance to find unique treasures and make connections with their ever-intriguing creators.”
CAM co-organiser and Talented Friends gallery owner Robyn Boston says the event gives local and emerging artists an invaluable opportunity to network.
“We are really glad to offer the opportunity for artists to forge meaningful relationships with their followers because we believe that artists add a huge amount of value to our community,” she says.
Caloundra’s Kerry Ide is taking part in this year’s market. She has a folio of artworks that reflect her lifelong love of animals, and visitors to the market will be captivated by the intricacies and character of her work.
“There is nothing more special than someone connecting with your artwork and the Caloundra Artist Market is a wonderful opportunity for art lovers to connect with the makers,” she says.
“Most of my artworks are a celebration of nature, especially our gorgeous Australian fauna. Many of our birds and animals are quite unique and quirky so I like to reflect this in my drawings.”
Ms Ide says her art can be a catalyst for viewers to increase their understanding of how important it is to actively protect these creatures.
In recent success, she has also been awarded Best Drawing at Immanuel Arts Festival. “This was a lovely recognition but more importantly I was humbled by the support and beautiful compliments that were showered on me by my community,” she says.
Her winning entry, Fairy Sisters, is a delicate-coloured pencil depiction of a pair of fairy wrens and will be on display at the CAM.
Other creatives include silversmiths, painters, printmakers and more.
CAM will be open on June 25 from 9am to 1pm in The Strand building foyer at 11 Bulcock Street, Caloundra. Entry is free.