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Community Exhibition Competition Showcases 4017 Talent

Photo: Ben McShea
Jun 21, 2019
Community Exhibition Competition showcases 4017 talent
Renate Hottmann-Schaefer just happened to be in the right place at the right time to capture a stunning photo of two pelicans at Cabbage Tree Creek. One of the pelicans had its bill wide open.

Renate said pelicans only ever had their bills open for a few seconds, so she was fortunate to snap the amazing photo. Aptly titled ‘Pelicans’, Renate’s photo was the 2018 winner of the Artrageous Community 4017 Exhibition Competition.

A former member of a bird rescue group and a passionate conservationist, Renate said she also used her photography to check on the health of birds in the area, to ensure ‘their beaks were not injured by hooks or fishing lines’.

It was the first time, since the Community 4017 Exhibition Competition started, that a photograph has been selected as the winning piece.

Art lovers this month are encouraged to visit the 2019 Artrageous Community Exhibition Competition, which officially has its opening night on 12 July, when this year’s competition winner will be announced..

The judge this year is Donagh Mengel, owner of the Aspire Gallery in Paddington, Brisbane. Donagh is an experienced gallery owner, artist and former university lecturer, with a lengthy history of working in the design, arts and crafts industries. She has a tough, but no doubt enjoyable task ahead of her, to select the 2019 winner.

Members of the public are invited to not only attend the opening night but also to visit the Artrageous Gallery for the three week exhibition.

Shane Rodwell, artist in residence at Artrageous, said the committee was expecting steady engagement from local artists.

“Participation in the exhibition has always been pretty constant,” Shane said. “We have people who enter every year and then it’s interesting how many people enter for the first time.”

The Artrageous Community 4017 Exhibition is on from 12 July – 2 August 2019.

The opening night starts at 6.30pm at the Artrageous Community Arts and Crafts Centre located at 82-88 Loftus Street, Deagon. Entry to the exhibition is free and artwork will be for sale.

For more information, contact Artrageous Community Arts and Crafts Centre on: 3269 1535 or email: