Monday, August 23, 2010

art4place participating in community

artists from art4place were active over the weekend. First there was the launch of the Maleny Placemaking Art Map as part of the Festival of Walks Street Party on Saturday 21 August; and celebration of the fact that many local artists have created the 10 works featured on the Map. All artists who had been involved in the creation of the placemaking art were invited to attend the launch. Many attended the launch; and were recognised in the speeches. Those present included: Janna P, Kirsten C, Craig M, Fiona M, Di C, Edith-Ann M, Fiona D and Barry S.

The launch also provided a good opportunity launch art4place’s new name, logo, signage and information cards.

On Sunday 22 August from 10am to 4pm four art4place artists (Kim S, Fiona D, Noela M and Barry S) created ephemeral and temporary art in the picnic area and on the Birdwing Butterfly Walk at Mary Cairncross Park. What an amazing response from the public.

At least 60 children participated in one of the five possible options (stencilling butterflies and their names, colouring in butterflies for sea of butterflies; making butterflies out of leaves; creating a butterfly covered in tiny butterflies; and gluing swatches of colour onto the big butterfly; 10-15 parents-carers also joined in the art work; and 40-50 adults paused on their walk and asked what all the art was about, who the artists were, and do they do this art anywhere else. Parents reported that their children had a ball – and of course the children were fully into it – ages ranged from about 18 months to 12 years.

The front of big butterfly almost finished with help from the smallest artist (photographed with permission of her parent)

Stencilling in action and a photo of one cluster of butterflies

A finished leaf butterfly

A butterfly of butterflies

A segment of the sea of butterflies

And the big fantasy butterfly in the trees

The Festival of the Walks involvement by art4place in Maleny and Mary Cairncross Park is mirrored by Arts Connect in Montville where an art and heritage map was launched on Sunday 22 August; and artworks created on the Kondalilla Falls walk.

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