Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees inspire the July exhibition at Woolgoolga Gallery Coffs Coast Coffs Coast News by News Of The Area - Modern Media - July 11, 2021 1st prize sculpture ‘Lost call’ with repurposed stand by Sherilyn Hawley. BIRDS, Bees, Flowers and Trees are the nature-rich topics set as the theme for the July members exhibition at the Woolgoolga Gallery. Sherilyn Hawley from the Gallery told News Of The Area, “Art can show us the beauty of nature seen by the artist as a pretty picture or a challenging piece expressing the human relationship with our natural world. Advertise with News of The Area today. It’s worth it for your business. Message us. Phone us – (02) 4981 8882. Email us – [email protected] “In art we can address environmental issues and topics such as global warming, conservation, sustainability, biodiversity and threatened habitats. “Art has the ability to educate the viewer about these issues, creating awareness about such important topics. “It is important to feel a connection to the natural world, in fact it may be vital to our survival. “As artists, time is spent in nature, maybe painting plein air or finding inspiration in our wonderful world. “Tune into your surroundings, turn off your phone, feel the wind, the sun or the cold. “Observe the veins of a leaf, feel a tree trunk and watch the ocean. “Let your mind be as vast as the sky – be still, look, appreciate, breathe.” The winners of this beautiful exhibition are: 1st prize went to Sherilyn Hawley with her sculpture of the endangered Regent Honeyeater called ‘Lost Song’. 2nd prize was awarded to Harriet Bystrom for her mixed media painting of a Cassowary, entitled ‘Long Neck’. 3rd prize went to Jane Mann with her encaustic painting ‘From the Garden’. “Many thanks to our wonderful judges who had a hard time finding the winners amongst so many wonderful works,” said Sherilyn. Judges attending the prize-giving were Awia Markey from Coffs Gardening Club and Bite Food Tours and Judith Webster from Coffs Harbour Beekeeping Supplies who also kindly donated the 3rd prize. Invitations have been sent out to groups in the community. If anyone would like a visit with a group, morning tea can be arranged. Please call the gallery on 0402 757 464. By Andrea FERRARI 2nd prize winner Harriet Bystrom with President Paul Millard. 3rd prize encaustic painting ‘From the garden’ by Jane Mann (L-R) Judge Judith Webster from Coffs Bee Keeping Supplies, 1st prize winner Sherilyn Hawley with Judge Awia Markey from Coffs Garden Club and Bite Food Tours.