'Pray for Rain' by Tewantin artist Saren Dobkins reflects on her bushfire experiences.
'Pray for Rain' by Tewantin artist Saren Dobkins reflects on her bushfire experiences.

Brush with bushfires inspires artistic offering

It’s just as well artist Saren Dobkins is described by Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre curator Alicia Sharples as having not only resilience but good humour.

The internationally-collected modern day expressionist’s first Queensland solo exhibition Where There’s Smoke was inspired by her move to Tewantin right before last year’s intense bushfire season.

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Ms Dobkins survived and has settled in as her former home city of Melbourne endures the COVID-19 second wave lockdown.

“This exhibition is a response to the recent bushfires,” Ms Scharples said.

“Dobkins’ work serves as a potent reminder of our fragility where the forces of nature are concerned.

“The regeneration of the bush and the resilience of the human spirit and the fate of wildlife in the face of a changing environment, are explored using visual metaphors and energetic expressionism,” she said.

Tewantin artist Saren Dobkins is holding her first solo exhibition in Queensland.
Tewantin artist Saren Dobkins is holding her first solo exhibition in Queensland.

Ms Sharples said the artist’s “resilience and humour” gave her work a distinctive feel that was “evocative, lyrical, and colourful”.

“Strong dramatic forms and an abstracted representation of the figure express our sense of place, who we are and what we value,” she said.

The second exhibition in the BFAC Foyer and Creamery spaces showcases the creative diversity of Maleny.

Maleny Cream @ The Butter Factory presents “a dynamic group exhibition, encompassing mediums from ceramics and sculpture, to drawing and painting, from nationally acclaimed and highly respected emerging artists”.

The exhibition features the works of top shelf painters David Paulson (Archibald finalist),

David Bongiorno's work 'In The Beginning' PHOTO: Richard Muldoon
David Bongiorno's work 'In The Beginning' PHOTO: Richard Muldoon

Peter Hudson (Archibald finalist), Marvene Ash and Laura Vecmane.

Sculptural artists Shannon Garson (Churchill fellow) and Atto Zarzura include “stunning three dimensional works in the exhibition that delve into the subject matter of the natural environment through their mediums of porcelain and paper sculptures”.

Other hinterland locals and two-dimensional artists include internationally-acclaimed cartoonist Donald Greenfield with his autobiographical collage work and David Bongiorno with his sensitive pencil and ink nudes and figurative studies.

“Together the exhibition boasts of the richly talented and diversity of the artists, which honour the vibrant and creative community of Maleny,” Ms Sharples said.

The exhibitions are at Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre starting Friday August 7 until Tuesday September 8.

For more information visit the arts centre’s website.


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