COLOURFUL LADIES: Sunnee Gowdy, Tess Commins, Avril Ayling, Barbara Hill, Lynne Fritz and Pattie Wyllie are happy to launch TARTS’ first exhibition at the back room gallery at Art Whitsunday in Cannonvale.
COLOURFUL LADIES: Sunnee Gowdy, Tess Commins, Avril Ayling, Barbara Hill, Lynne Fritz and Pattie Wyllie are happy to launch TARTS’ first exhibition at the back room gallery at Art Whitsunday in Cannonvale.

Hydeaway ladies TART up Cannonvale

THE Textile Arts Group of Gloucester known as TARTS have launched their first exhibition at the back room gallery of Art Whitsunday in the Whitsunday Shopping Centre.

With more than 20 artworks on display, this is the first exhibition in the Airlie Beach district for the group, and will be open to the public until August 5.

TARTS are a group of textile artists from Hydeaway Bay who use a myriad of mediums to tart up textiles.

They generally showcase their work every two years in Hydeaway Bay.

Their current exhibition at the shopping cente in Cannonvale is filled with colour and life, like something out of Alice in Wonderland and showcases the diversity and uniqueness of textile artworks.

Textile artists are known for their innovative and challenging approaches to art practice and contemporary teaching.

They cultivate and advance the practice of stitch and textile art.

So far the ladies of TARTS have delved into the art of needle felting, embroidery, shibori, silk dying, mono-painting and painting on silk and other fabrics.

There is also a glass case at the Art Whitsunday shop that features textile designed purses, iPhone and iPad cases and journals that are for sale.

TARTS member Pattie Wyllie encouraged the public to witness a different form of art.

"They are Whitsunday artists and they need to be recognised as regional artists," she said.

For member Lynne Fritz the exhibition was a chance to showcase a rare hobby.

"It makes us smile and if it makes others feel good then we feel good and it saves us from going bonkers," she laughed.

For more information on TARTS contact member Barbara Hill on 4945 7103.


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