Coastal art exhibition features award winning artists

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The northwest of Tasmania is known for its awe-inspiring landscapes, rocky cliffs and sweeping beaches.

It is also something of a hotbed for art and culture attracting artists from across the country to its many exhibitions.

This month's Coastal exhibition, an annual event held by the Burnie Coastal Art Group, is true to that tradition and will showcase the works of a number of local artists inspired by the region's breathtaking landscape.

Among some of the artists featuring in the May exhibition are 2011 Ulverstone Artex category winner Liz Haygarth and 2011 TasART category winners Karen Coles, Julie Jones and Christine Smith.

Emerging artists are also an important part of the program and exhibitors have the option to sell their artworks to visitors to the show.

Mediums including traditional acrylic, oil and watercolours, as well as pieces inspired by popular craft movements are a part of the many inter-textual references that inform this contemporary art exhibition.

Despite the different mediums in use, there is a common theme to the range of works on show that all seek to depict the strong "coastal connection" the local community has with the state's northwest.

For those who feel inspired to start creating their own artworks after viewing the exhibition, you can speak with the event's organisers about attending one of the many weekly workshops that are held in the region throughout the year.

But you are, of course, more than welcome to sit back and enjoy looking at the scenery of the northwest coastline from a new, sometimes surprising perspective.

Coastal will run until the end of May 2012 at Studio 2Eleven, 211 Mount Street, in Upper Burnie and is open everyday except Mondays.

Entry is a gold coin donation and members of the public are encouraged to visit the venue and take part in the Brunie Coastal Art Group's 60th birthday.

Burnie Coastal Art Group Building in Upper Burnie

Burnie Coastal Art Group Masthead

Lino Print Workshop Setting

Lino Print results

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