Oceans of talent on show
BESIDES the obvious artistic talent that lies within the Whitsundays, if there's one thing the annual Art Whitsunday Exhibition does each year, it's bring the community together.
With more than 100 works on display in up to 12 different categories, the theme for this year's exhibition is climate change and it's set to be one of the most thought-provoking shows yet.
"Well, it's certainly topical and when you live in a town as impacted by the reef as we are, then it's instantly a part of all our lives," exhibition co-ordinator Kerry Kenyon said.
"This is our way of speaking on the current situation. Is it real? How is it happening? What can we do? Some artworks will make light of it and others will really go for it."
For five of the artists, their surroundings have been a primary inspiration.
Although Paul Barr only became serious about his art in the past three years, he grew up on Hayman Island and frequently dived the Great Barrier Reef.
For him, art is a way of communicating the underwater world to above and beyond.
Penny Rogan has travelled the world but chooses to reside in the Whitsundays.
She will enter four works in this year's exhibition and prides herself on being able to find beauty wherever she is, from the red dirt outback to the particular shapes of Whitsunday islands.
For Peter Jennings, who is never seen without a camera in hand, it's all about trying to capture spontaneous moments in everyday life.
The inspiration surrounding artist Kerry Kenyon in the Whitsundays turned the sea-changer into a permanent resident.
While Lyndy Hill, who has lived here for six years, is still discovering the artistic essence of the region.
The 28th annual Art Whitsunday Exhibition opens on Friday night. Expect a magnificent evening, with Paul Saunders on piano, prizewinners and drinks and finger food.
The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday and Sunday for a gold coin donation.
WHAT: The 28th Annual Art Whitsunday Exhibition
WHERE: Whitsunday Arts and Cultural Centre
OPENING NIGHT: Friday, July 31
VIEWING DAYS: Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2