Gallery marks 30th birthday
Noosaville artist Lisa Brummel.
A HIGHLIGHT of the recent Friends of Noosa Regional Gallery celebrations was the presentation of $2000 to Lisa Brummel as the emerging artist nominated to work with selected artists as part of The Floating Land Program 2015.
About 60 guests, including four Noosa councillors, were there when the group also announced its Taste of Art will once again take place in February and is expected to be an even bigger drawcard for local artists than this year's event, when 83 local artists took part.
But the biggest excitement of the day was the naming of acclaimed Noosa artist Jandamarra Cadd as patron of the inaugural Friends of Noosa Regional Gallery Noosa Youth Art Award.
This is to be an annual award and Jandamarra said how important he thought this award - which is open to artists aged 18 to 23 from the Noosa area - would be to local artistic development.
Jandamarra is one of the finalists in this year's Black Swan awards, one of the richest awards for portrait painting in Australia, for his portrait of Luke Carroll.
Thomas Sydow and Hans Georg Wimmer announced they would be the first sponsors to sign up to support the Noosa Youth Art Award.
Founding gallery director Merton Chambers was guest speaker at the gala event and said it was important to continue to strongly lobby government, especially local government in regional and rural areas, where it had become all too easy to slash arts budgets.
According to Mr Chambers, this sometimes grew out of a lack of perceived interest or knowledge about the arts among key leadership figures.
He said it was important artists and their supporters should not accept this situation and that they demand similar financial support for the arts as provided to sport, because the arts played an equally vital role in a healthy society.
Mr Chambers said he realised early on a strong leadership approach was the key to achieving a positive future for the gallery, with a goal of exhibiting art as well as creating a forum for discussion and education.
He congratulated gallery staff on their 30 years of success and wished them well for the next 30 years.