If you’re looking for the perfect gift to set someone’s heart a-flutter, get along to the Valentine's Foreshore Pop Up, hosted by Sandgate Art Society (SasArt) on February 10.
Local artists, including painter Sandra Walshe, will be exhibiting their work on the Sandgate foreshore on Flinders Parade, opposite First Avenue.
"I go through phases with my art," Sandra says.
"I’ve been through a floral phase, realism and now it’s really more abstract expressionism. I work in all different mediums as well, but mostly oils."
Sandra says the artists involved in the foreshore pop up loved meeting members of the public during the last event.
"We have such a talented, artistic community here," she says.
"And you couldn’t ask for a more beautiful backdrop [for an art show] than the Sandgate foreshore."
SasArt president John Blackley says the group has two foreshore pop ups a year, one in summer and one in winter. The event is now in its fourth year.
"I originally got the idea from the Swells festival at Currumbin," he says.
"The foreshore pop up features work by all local artists, and if you’re looking for an original, handmade piece for a gift, this the event for you.
"We see a lot of people on the foreshore out walking their dog or jogging, and they may not necessarily be people who have bought art before, but they stop and have a look, and it’s great for the artists to get their names out there.
"We’re very excited that this is our first event for 2018 and it will be leading us up to our Easter Art Show at St Pat’s."
Up to a dozen artists will be showing their works on the foreshore, including paintings, sculpture, pottery and 3D driftwood art and of course, everything is for sale.
Sandra adds, "I think a lot of people now are trying to avoid buying mass produced things; there’s a real movement happening and buying local art is a great way to support that."
The Valentine's Foreshore Pop Up will be held on Saturday, February 10 on Flinders Parade, opposite First Avenue in Sandgate from 7am until noon.
For more information, go to the Sandgate Art Society Facebook page. SasArt meets on Monday evenings at Artrageous in Loftus Street, Deagon.