6 April 2024 4-7PM

Prudence Coburn
Kerry Mulgrew
Mark Geltch
Owen Cavanagh

LIVE MUSIC: Jessse Higgins

Discovering Local Talent: Coolum Beer Co's Pop-Up Art Show

On the evening of April 6th, 2024, Coolum Beer Co. transformed into a hub of creativity and community as it played host to a remarkable pop-up art show. Organized by Studio 53, this event showcased the diverse talents of local artists and provided a platform for art enthusiasts to immerse themselves in a world of color, imagination, and expression.

The walls of Coolum Beer Co, already adorned with accolades for its craft brews, became the canvas for an eclectic array of artworks, each piece telling a unique story and captivating the hearts of attendees. The event, which ran from 4 to 7 pm, boasted an impressive lineup of featured artists including Prudence Coburn, Kerry Mulgrew, Mark Geltch, and Owen Cavanagh.

One of the highlights of the evening was the live music performance by Jesse Higgins, whose soulful tunes served as the perfect backdrop to the vibrant atmosphere. As guests mingled amidst the artwork, there was a palpable sense of appreciation for the creativity that surrounded them.

I was especially thrilled to have my own artwork showcased alongside such esteemed local talent. I owe a debt of gratitude to Jesse from Coolum Beer Co for generously providing the venue and to Owen Cavanagh of Studio 53 for his invaluable role in coordinating this event.

The turnout exceeded all expectations, with a diverse crowd comprising locals, fellow artists, and supportive friends and family. It was a pleasure to connect with aspiring creatives like Naomi Ocean Art, Colin Freeman, and Mike Summerville, and to share in our mutual passion for artistic expression.

Prudence Coburn's ocean-inspired paintings and striking hammerhead shark sculpture offered a poignant reminder of the beauty and complexity of nature. Kerry Mulgrew's landscape photography captured the serene beauty of Sunshine Coast beaches, evoking a sense of tranquillity and wonder. Owen Cavanagh's paintings, infused with energy and imagination, spoke to the soul-stirring power of the ocean, reflecting his unwavering commitment to preserving its pristine beauty. Jesse Higgins' music, inspired by Australian grassroots rock and Celtic folk melodies, added an extra dimension to the evening, celebrating the rich tapestry of cultural influences that define our region.

For those who couldn't attend the event in person, fear not! My showcased artworks are available for viewing and purchase online, ensuring that the spirit of the pop-up art show can be enjoyed by art lovers far and wide.

COOLUM BEER CO - Art Exhibition

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In conclusion, Coolum Beer Co's Pop-Up Art Show was not just a celebration of local talent, but a testament to the power of art to unite communities, inspire creativity, and enrich our lives in myriad ways. As the event drew to a close, I found myself already eagerly anticipating the next opportunity to immerse myself in the vibrant world of Sunshine Coast art.