"A SPARKLING blue and white jewel, laced with swirling veils of white like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery".
That is how astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who died earlier this year, described our earth from space in 1971.
In the 45 years since then we have finally begun to realise how inextricably we are connected to everything in the environment of this fragile earth-ball, to each other and to the whole of the universe.
This is what 20 local artists have attempted to depict in a new exhibition "Connect" at the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre.
All artists are from the Sunshine Coast and members of Arts Connect Inc.
They have painted, drawn, moulded, printed, digitally designed and photographed their world in all its intricate and amazing connections.
The creators of these 80 works are Anne Gentry-Smith, Annie McIntosh, Cathy Lawley, Deann Cumner, Fiona Groom, Gary Bell, Heather Gall, Jacky Lowry, Jan Roebuck, Judi Parkinson, June McCotter, Judy Berlak, Kim Murray, Leisa Gunton, Margie Lipscombe, Miles Allen, Nita Lester, Steve Parish, Victoria Fitzpatrick, Wayne Smith.
The exhibition is open to November 30.
The gallery is open 10am-4pm from Tuesday to Friday and 10am-3pm Saturday and Sunday.
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