Birthday Celebrations

 

14th November 2014 Is Our BIRTHDAY!

Seaview Art Gallery celebrating 20 years in operation. “Like a fine wine, we get better with age.”

Seaview Art Gallery at Moffat Beach, Caloundra is the longest-running, artists’-run co-operative gallery on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. It was established in November 1994 and continues to operate with a maximum of 15 local artists whose interests are varied. We offer a variety of artworks ranging from paintings, jewellry, mosaics, pottery, sculptures, photography and textiles.

We will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary on the weekend of, and including Friday the 14th to Sunday the 16th of November 2014. As part of the upcoming celebrations in November, Seaview Art Gallery will be hosting a wine and cheese evening with a raffle draw, on Friday the 14th of November. We will be screening a video detailing the history of the Moffat Beach area, entitled “Memorably Moffat” on Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th of November, 2014.

Come along on the Friday evening to help us celebrate with a complimentary glass of wine and meet both past and present artists. Each of the Seaview Gallery artists have created one-off art works measuring 15 cm by 15 cm as an incentive to those who wish to support and share in the Gallery birthday celebrations. These works will be raffled on the Friday evening and tickets can be bought prior, at the Gallery for only $2. This is a great opportunity to get a unique and original piece of art for a very modest price and you have 15 chances to win!! The fun continues on the Saturday and Sunday in the nearby park with artists painting and creating, ready to answer any questions you may have.

Each of the 15 artists have created a 150mm x 150mm commemorative art work celebrating 20 years of local art

Each of the 15 artists have created a 150mm x 150mm commemorative art work celebrating 20 years of local art

Prior to the setting up of the Seaview Gallery in November 1994, the shop space was a popcorn manufacturing kitchen. It was full of boxes, an oven, greasy fans and three sinks. It was difficult to imagine this space as a working Art Gallery. Negativity was voiced by many who felt a gallery in such a quiet part of Caloundra could not possibly survive, let alone be successful and much loved. It took 18 months to find the site, with Peter Overland being a very supportive landlord. Don Bailey, the founder, worked tirelessly recruiting artists willing to give it a go. Dianne Bailey also put in many hours alongside her husband to get the gallery operating.

Initially, ten brave artists took the plunge, renovating the space completely. Artist Brian Allison assisted tradesmen during the conversion, helping to create the Gallery as we see it today. The initial opening night was packed with friends and council representatives, including then Minister for the Arts, Joan Sheldon, who kindly officiated. Of the original artists, only Madeline Herbert is a current member seeing through many of the changes of the last 20 years. While many individual artists have moved on over the years, any vacancies are quickly filled, by a waiting list of willing local artists hoping to be part of this successful gallery. We now operate with fifteen artists rather than ten to lighten the load, help with outlaying costs and to give the public a greater variety of artworks to view.

We are conveniently located next to alfresco restaurants so you can visit after breakfast, lunch or coffee. Our opening hours are 9.30a.m. to 4.30p.m. every day except Christmas Day. Our modest prices and marvelous artworks will ensure you go home with something you will cherish. Don’t forget to mark it in your diaries or calendars as it is sure to be a marvelous occasion and only 5 weeks prior to Christmas!! This will be a great weekend full of fun and creativity while allowing you to find a unique artwork or Christmas gift.

Contact: Madeline Herbert (0488 605 002)
Contact: Cynthia Morgan (07 5491 2098)

Seaview Art Gallery (07 5491 4788)
4 Seaview Terrace,
Moffat Beach. 4551
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Photos of the pioneer artists paving the way to establishing the Sunshine Coast’s most popular gallery:

 Opening night 1994

Opening night 1994

Joan Sheldon in blue. (Original and present member Madeline Herbert, in red).

Joan Sheldon in blue. (Original and present member Madeline Herbert, in red).

The original artists with Joan Sheldon

The original artists with Joan Sheldon

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