LIFE'S A BEACH: Taryn Russell, Glenda Paulette, Alan Clinch, Belinda Curry, Glenda Vickers and Sue Bowen had a peaceful morning painting at Cannonvale Beach.
LIFE'S A BEACH: Taryn Russell, Glenda Paulette, Alan Clinch, Belinda Curry, Glenda Vickers and Sue Bowen had a peaceful morning painting at Cannonvale Beach. Charlotte Lam

Region’s parks open to arts

A LOCAL group of art enthusiasts is taking the arts outdoors.

Painting away the daily stresses of life on a sunny morning at Cannonvale Beach last week, Whitsunday artists, The Heartists, are ready to do it again.

The Heartists received a grant from Active in Parks, a program that encourages Australians to step outside.

The grant was used to purchase easels, sketchbooks and chairs.

About 10 people attended the beach last week to make use of the new products and Heartist Belinda Curry said they would now take to working outside on a Tuesday each fortnight at 10am.

"We encourage everyone to come along and will eventually move to different places.

"Many people, particularly elderly people, feel isolated in their homes. There's a social aspect to it not just an artistic one," she said.

Heartists are a group of local artists who aim to provide therapy through creativity, with many of the members suffering from a health condition.

The group will next meet on June 16, at Cannonvale Beach, at 10am.

If you wish to attend, simply turn up on the morning.

Heartists are also putting on an exhibition titled "Arboreta" at Proserpine's Whitsunday Regional Gallery from Monday, June 15.

 

ART IN THE PARK

WHEN: 10am, June 16

WHERE: Cannonvale Beach

COST: Free - just turn up on the day


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