Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture

The Sunshine Coast hinterland is home to a wealth of artistic talent. The broad range of quality art and craft created here encompasses from oil and watercolour paintings to marble and bronze sculptures; from hand-blown glass to ceramics, wood and very much more. This has helped to establish an array of wonderful fine art galleries, showing works by nationally and internationally recognized and awarded artists.

Artists have always been attracted by the natural beauty of the Blackall Range, with the environment being their main inspiration and this has also been the major allure for all visitors.  The reason that art continues to be another leading attraction is the depth of artwork being created. Few places can lay claim to such a strong ongoing history of painting (from traditional through to modern art), sculpting, glass blowing, wood craft, pottery and extending into performance arts, writing, music and creative thinking in many ways.

A busy day can cover plenty, but a truly relaxing stay can encompass time spent between the galleries, browsing through local markets or possibly even participating in art classes. There really is something for everyone – across all tastes and budgets and much of the fun is in the finding. Each art gallery has its own character and specialities, from papermaking through contemporary art, from wood turning to fine furniture, silk painting, photography, glass art, print-making, fibre arts, leather work, quilting…the variety is amazing.

At certain times of the year there are opportunities to visit artist’s studios or view annual award exhibitions, please refer to the events calendar for more details of any forthcoming events.


  • Art on Cairncross

    Art on Cairncross is a fine art gallery representing leading and emerging artists from the region and throughout Australia. This is complemented by a fascinating range of three dimensional art from glass, porcelain, sculpture, ceramics, and unique leather masks through to jewellery and hand painted silks. We also have unique gifts and cards from many of our artists. Art on Cairncross hosts features and exhibitions on a regular basis throughout the year. Upcoming exhibitions:- ‘Rust & Lace’  – Nathalie Bastier – August 12 to Sept 16, 2017 ‘Showtime’ – Ann & Gerry O’Connor – October 7 to 29, 2017 Art on Cairncross is open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00am to 5.00pm Gallery directors Tony & Jane welcome you to the gallery. They have an excellent reputation for the service they provide. This includes locating artwork either from the diversity on display or sourcing from the artists’ studios. Through the internet they maintain contact with clients worldwide and forward images of works on request for consideration. Safe packing, insuring and shipping anywhere is all part of their professional service. Art can also be viewed in or personally delivered to your own home throughout the region.

  • Illume Creations

    Perched on the edge of magical Montville, Illume Creations is sure to colour your day! Come on in and experience the art of colour showcasing local artists. Escape to the lush hills and breathe in the fresh energy of Tina Cooper’s vibrant hand blown glass art! Illume Creations has an extensive range of this talented Montville hot glass artist’s work to entice you! Tina’s Tribal Tribute Series feature hand painted scenes by aboriginal artists. The original treasures adorning Illume Creations include a range of gorgeous lamp work hand crafted pens and tea light holders, glass bead jewellery, dichroic pendants, raku pottery and aromatic colour essences. Owner Shiralee Cooper has selected a stunning range of locally made beauties to tempt you. Indulge your colour sensations! ILLUME CREATIONS can be found in the Mayfield complex overlooking spectacular vistas and is open daily.

  • Maleny Magic Patchwork & Quilts

    Maleny Magic Patchwork & Quilts, situated in the beautiful Blackall Range hinterland, offers all of your patchwork, sewing and quilting needs … specialising in quality Japanese fabrics, ready made quilts, and teaching through courses and workshops. The shop offers friendly service and welcomes bus groups. Opening 9:30am – 4pm, 7 days a week except public holidays Barb and Robyn Owners

  • Montville Art Gallery

    Established in 1972, the Montville Art Gallery was originally located across the road where Mayfield now stands. It also traded as The De’Lisle Gallery of Fine Art and was the one of the original galleries on the Sunshine Coast. The current owners, Tony and Joan Page purchased the gallery and freehold in 1990. The gallery has had only two owners in forty years of trading. The Pages are both now in their seventies and are have now found another art loving couple who they are hoping will run the gallery for the next twenty years or more. Tragically, the original gallery was destroyed by fire in August 1995 and the Pages decided to relocate the gallery across the road to a delightful old Queenslander which was built in the early 1900’s. The gallery showcases the work of more than fifty painters and sculptors. Most of the artists we represent live and work in the hinterland towns throughout south east Queensland. Artists whose work can always be found at The Montville Art Gallery include: Greg Adams, Hal Barton, Adam Bogusz, Richard Bogusz, Lorraine Burns, Ron Cameron, Judy Da Lozzo, Louis Da Lozzo, Lucette Da Lozzo, Arthur Hamblin, Jan Hodgson, Julie Hutchings, Kendall, John Pointon, Lorraine Rogers, Ron Van Gennip, Ken Wenzel and Todd Whisson. Each month, the gallery features a different artist ensuring there is always something new to see and enjoy. We also have a comprehensive website which is continually updated as works arrive and as they are sold. The gallery […]

  • Peace of Green Gallery

    Peace of Green Gallery is a collective of professional local artists. Every day a different artist is behind the counter awaiting to serve you. They will provide you an insight into all the artists works. We cover a wide range of mediums from hand blown glass, silk & paintings to woodwork, ceramics, leather and mosaics, and so much more. Visit our gallery 7days a week, Main st. of Maleny

  • The Garden, Maleny

    Take your pick of garden oasis or cosy fireside booth, and enjoy breakfast or a light lunch with organic Montville coffee or BYO. We can satisfy your sweet or savory tooth with a wide range of delicious treats baked in house daily. We cater to bookings for special events and groups, tours and clubs, indoor or alfresco in our garden venue. With a stunning range of decorative items and fine arts, you’re sure to fine something to captivate. We are proud to support local artists, and are constantly evolving our stock of furniture and homewares. Let your green thumb run wild with our range of plants, pots, garden art, water features and more. Take a stroll through the garden to our new Gallery, where we are showcasing monthly exhibition drawn for the wealth of local talent. Join in a class or workshop and learn how to make your own masterpiece. “The Night Garden”. enjoy an enchanting evening under the stars, with a 3 course meal prepared by guest chef. You will be entertained with live music while we launch a new exhibition in the Gallery. Our unique venue offers a relaxing way to enjoy a live show. Be sure to Book – tables always fill up fast!

  • Lucas Parklands This year Lucas Parklands will present 3 weekends of wonderful music in the Winter Concert series. Annual Music Festival 7 July @ 5 pm    Great Classics and a little Jazz             Bach, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Saint Saens, Halvorsen, Schoenfield 8 July @ 2 pm   Romantic Favourites                              Brahms, Chopin, Saint Saens, Mozart, Barber, Dvorak 9 July @ 2 pm   Finale                                                        Glinka, Liszt, Dvorak, Ravel, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Schoenfield Artists: Marianna Grynchuk, Rachael Shipard, Nadia Koudesheva – piano Yebin Yoo, Josephine Chung, Eleanor Hill – violin Sam Lucas – cello,  Andrew Paskowski – viola Concerto Extravaganza 5 & 6 August @ 2 pm                                                            The Cadenza Chamber Orchestra with Conductor Lucas D Lynch Carnival of the Animals, Concerto for Flute and Harp, Concierto de Aranjuez, Haydn Cello Concerto, Mozart Piano Concertos and more. Sunday concert includes much loved songs with Orchestra from My Fair Lady, Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, Phantom of the Opera, Fiddler of the Roof and more. Artists include: Konstantin Shamray Russian concert pianist, Lucas D Lynch pianist & conductor, Jaclyn Miles […]

  • Obi Valley Woodworks

    A unique Timber Gallery specialising in one-off sculptured pieces carved from Australian Red Cedar by renowned Sunshine Coast timber artist, Jack Wilms. Jack’s skill in working with timber evolved while experiencing the many wonders of our Australian outback and wildlife. A combination of creativity, hard work and a deep respect for the timber he loves most results in the beautiful sculptured one off pieces that he creates. His passion is creating wildlife and native scenes as well as one off furniture pieces and carved Red Cedar doors. Jack chooses to work only with Australian Red Cedar because of its naturally occurring unique grain and the rich red colour of the timber. His skills are self taught and are constantly being perfected as the years go by. The beautiful timber sculptures evolve as Jack chooses the perfect piece of timber and starts to create. Whatever his latest creation might be he is able to bring out the natural rich colour and grain of the timber and work it into the story of each piece. He is versatile in his creations and each sculpture can be boasted as being a one off because of the uniqueness of each piece of timber. Jack spends most of his time in his studio, located in a tranquil setting in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland at the property he shares with his partner, Monica. His artwork is not mass produced and he enjoys creating each piece to perfection, the furniture pieces and carved doors are mostly commissioned […]