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Showtime by Ann & Gerry O’Connor

07/10/2017 10:00am to 5:00pm

Art on Cairncross, Maleny presents “Showtime’ an exhibition by husband and wife Ann & Gerry O’Connor. This remarkable couple have been lifetime partners and share a studio, but have maintained their individual approaches to clay. Gerry O’Connor works in the Western approach to Raku creating intriguing figures and mesmerising glazes. “It is the branch of ceramics that fires my imagination and suits my personality. I love its directness, vigour and colour. I create more decorative and sculptural items” he explains. Ann O’Connor uses white clay as the basis for her intricately sculpted figurative works and bright underglazes to great effect. There is joy and mischief in much of it and sheer wonderment at the detail. “Showtime” is a new collection of works drawn from burlesque to baroque, but also encompasses the meaning of the ceramicists putting themselves on show too. All of it is entertaining and engaging.  


Sculpture on the Edge – Maleny

Sculpture on the Edge – Maleny – For more information click here to see the website WHEN: 9 am – 5 pm daily from 29 September – 25 October, ENTRY FREE WHERE: Spicers Tamarind Retreat, 88 Obi Lane South, Maleny. Ticketed Awards night & official opening Thursday 5 October. Come on up and vote for your favourite Artwork in the Peoples’ Choice Award! Sculptors from all over Queensland are busily working to finish their artwork for the annual Sculpture on the Edge Awards to be held in the beautiful grounds of Spicers Tamarind, Maleny. Now in its seventh year, Sculpture on the Edge continues to grow. Bigger and better than ever, the contemporary 3D Exhibition set in the beautiful rainforest Retreat this year has 40 selected finalists from all over Queensland. Presented by Arts Connect Inc over four weeks, the Award offers $9,000 in prize money this year.  A first prize of $5,000 is again proudly sponsored by Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny. Prizes for this year’s event are also sponsored by IGA-Maleny, Montville Chamber of Commerce, Illume Creations Montville, Ray White Maleny, Maleny Optical, Maleny Chamber of Commerce, and Maleny Art Direct. Artist Lineup includes – Corrie Wight, Elli Schlunke, Yanni van Zijl, Sophy Blake, Noel Carroll, Mela Cooke, Tina Cooper, Richard Eggleston, Leisa Gunton, Kaye Leach, Rod Hammond, Cameron Rushton, Pam Walpole, Phil Willy, Jim Cox, Tamara Kirby, Tracey Lewis, Trevor Irvine, Belinda Stanton, Brian Sanstrom, Laura Vecmane, Glen Manning, Kathy Daly, Valerie Willy, Dorothy Haig, Winka von Fahland, Charles McGuire, […]

Crystal Waters

Crystal Waters Markets

THE FIRST things noticed about market day at the Crystal Waters community is just how many people attend the so-called remote location on market day; the second is the beautiful overarching canopy provided by the huge shade trees at the market site. The markets are held on the first Saturday of each month, providing the range of usual market fare, but with an organic and natural edge – clothing, health products, tasty food, organic fruit and vegetables, coffee outlets, and even organic ice cream. Musicians play at the open mic on the Community Deck, there’s a playground for kids if they get bored, and Les’ Sourdough Bakery, a permanent future in the community, sells traditional sourdough breads as well as coffee. Les’ bakery is actually open every Saturday morning and provides a central location for social interaction by the community’s residents and visitors. The Crystal Waters community has long been regarded by many as being isolated, but, in actual fact, it is just a 7 km drive up Aherns Road, which comes off Maleny-Kenilworth Road just a couple of kilometers on the Maleny side of Conondale. Crystal Waters is less than half an hour’s drive from Maleny. As is the case in the Conondale region, which is surrounded by mountains, mobile phone coverage is a big tricky, which can add to the false feeling of remoteness. Ally Bing, the Chairperson of the Crystal Waters Co-op, notes there are about 250 residents living in the community, which focusses on organic and sustainable living. There are two overarching rules at the community: no dogs and cats, and no restricted pesticides – as a spin off of these rules, the residents share their common areas with local native wildlife. The Co-op is responsible for the management of the community, as well as hosting the markets, managing the camping and cabins of its Eco Park Centre, hiring of garden plots and managing the hiring of […]


130 Year Old Train Tunnel Bushwalk

130 Year Old Train Tunnel Bushwalk – For more information click here By Richard Bruinsma An interesting work of historic engineering is on hand for bushwalkers on the main track at Dularcha National Park at Mooloolah. It emerges through the trees along the mostly-flat bush walk, a simple-but interesting man-made attraction that one can imagine would have been quite the laborious engineering feat some 150 years ago.The centre piece of the 3 km walk is a 100 m disused rail tunnel that was first constructed in 1861. The tunnel is an easy 800 metre walk from the main entrance to the national park, at the end of Dorson Drive, Mooloolah. The slightly curved concrete tunnel is today the home of bats, whose chittering provides an interesting and eerie overhead accompaniment as you walk through the darkness towards the arches of natural light at either end. The entire track itself is an easy walk, mostly flat as you’d expect from what was once a railway line route, with sections of the track running adjacent to the existing rail line between Mooloolah and Landsborough. The track extends from the central Mooloolah entrance to another entrance at Beech Road, which is just 1.25 km north of Landsborough Railway Station. The national park is open to horse riders and mountain bikers, who also have an alternate steeper 200 m de-tour around and over the tunnel if they wish to give their thighs a little more of a workout. Several joggers also were using the track […]


Breathtaking Kondalilla Falls

Breathtaking Kondalilla Falls A visit to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland would not be complete without visiting the spectacular Kondalilla Falls which is located inside the Kondalilla National Park near Montville. Kondalilla National Park is 327 hectares of land featuring hiking tracks, spectacular mountain views, unspoilt rainforest and the breathtaking waterfall, where Skene Creek plummets 90 meters into a rainforest valley below. Kondalilla is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘rushing waters’ and describes the park’s waterfall during the summer wet season. Kondalilla National Park is a great place to go bushwalking, have a picnic, or cool down in the rock pool near the waterfall. The park and waterfall also offer spectacular photographic opportunities – so don’t forget to bring your camera and appropriate footwear so you can explore the walking tracks which vary in degrees of difficulty. Above the falls, tall open eucalypt forest mingles with rainforest species in wetter areas. A drier forest grows on the western escarpment, featuring casuarinas with a grass tree understorey. This spectacular parcel of land is an important refuge for many animals and plants including the rare pouched frog, Assa darlingtoni and the bopple nut, Macadamia ternifolia, which is vulnerable to extinction. More than 107 species of birds and 70 species of reptiles, plus 32 species of frogs have been seen in the park and recorded from the nearby ranges. Kondolilla National Park is open to the public and provides toilets, barbeque facilities, lookouts and walking tracks. The park is close to a range of accommodation […]