Offshoots: A Florilegium from the Cairns Botanic Gardens

23rd Oct 2015 - 6th Dec 2015

'OFFSHOOTS' An Exhibition by Julie McEnerny.

The Offshoots exhibition will be shared by two Mackay galleries… ARTSPACE and Lagoons Gallery at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Opening Wednesday October 28th – Sunday December 6th 2015
Viewing times: Wednesday to Friday 10 am - 3pm and Weekends from 9am - 4pm

Opening Night Friday October 23rd – Sunday December 6th 2015
Viewing times: Tuesday – Friday 10am - 5pm and Weekends 10am - 3pm

The Offshoots touring exhibition is a selection of works, taken from a series of five solo exhibitions presented at the Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns between 2009 and 2013. Apart from being a series of drawings, paintings and etchings, Offshoots is the story of a five year relationship between an artist, her local botanic gardens and her local arts centre.
Julie’s work is informed by the principles of botanical illustration and incorporates a range of media including drawing, painting, etching, lithography and mixed media. She sees drawing, (in the case of this exhibition, botanical drawing) as a means to forming an intimate connection with the subject and bringing about the inspiration for creative mark making.
Julie McEnerny trained at Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney during the 1980s, later relocating to Cairns where she co-owned a popular design studio, the Chalk Art Shop, until 2008. Julie now works as a freelance artist and illustrator from her Cairns studio, exhibiting regularly and tutoring in Botanical Drawing with Queensland’s Flying Arts Touring Program.
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Lagoons Gallery is open Wednesday to Friday 10 am - 3pm and Weekends from 9am - 4pm
Cost: Free

‘In Our Backyard’ - Creative Shots Photo Club’s Annual Exhibition

9th Dec 2015 - 17th Jan 2016

ON Show...Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Lagoons Gallery.

Creative Shots Photo Club members have been out and about taking many different styles of photographs this year during their many outings and events.
A selection of theses photographs have been chosen to highlight the exhibition’s theme “In Our Backyard”. The photographers could interpret the theme as being their own backyard within the confines of their fences or ‘our backyard’ as in the Mackay region.

The images, consisting of landscapes, portraits and macrophotography will be on display from Wednesday 9th December to Sunday 17th January 2016 at the Lagoons Gallery, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardensundefined

Visitors to the exhibition are also encouraged to vote for the image they feel best illustrates the theme “In Our Backyard”. Always welcoming new members, you can find out more about the Creative Shots Photo Club at www.creativeshots.com.au.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Lagoons Gallery is open Wednesday to Friday 10 am - 3pm and Weekends from 9am - 4pm

Cost: Free

Image: River Street Jetty by Helena Slade

Contact Botanic Gardens 49527300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au


Exhibit your artwork at the Lagoons Gallery

The Lagoons Gallery, located at the main entrance of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, features art exhibitions and displays with environmental and cultural themes.

The Botanic Gardens provides you or your group with the opportunity to exhibit your artwork or display at the Lagoons Gallery, which is accessed by a growing number of Mackay residents and visitors in a unique garden/gallery/cafe setting.

It's simple to apply, simply complete the exhibition proposal and submit it to Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.