Kristy Smith, Jill Harris and Shirley Beekhuis are guest artists at Harbourside Gallery for the month of May. Jill and Shirley have been painting together for several years now and share a love of Noosa yet are diverse in style and subject matter.
Jill Harris: Jill has been influenced by Lake Weyba for this exhibition and says “Lake Weyba is so peaceful at daybreak. Mists swirl, pelicans glide silently by. The birdlife is prolific. A flock of ibis feed together, poking about in the shallows. Mangroves line the shores of the lake nurturing its wildlife. This pristine area stirs the emotions of many of us”.
Jill and husband Craig moved to Noosa from New Zealand six years ago to join their family here. After her years of painting in New Zealand Jill was keen to continue her art in Noosa and soon found a group at Noosa Arts and Crafts who share a love of art. They meet each week at Wallace House or en plein air to paint together.
Shirley Beekhuis has drawn on her native homeland and the magic of the African bush and its wildlife to complement the combined exhibition. There is such excitement and anticipation in spotting game in any one of the sub-Saharan national parks, and in trying to capture images on camera. This has inspired Shirley to paint her present series. But of course, there is so much beauty in the Australian landscape, so many subjects for painting right here in our Noosa area and hinterland. Since settling here nearly 20 years ago with her husband Wim, Shirley has spent many happy hours capturing local scenes. She and her fellow artists and friends are often seen painting outdoors.
Kristy Smith was the child that sat quietly in the corner happily just making something out of nothing. She was always looking for ways to make something pretty or something useful while the other kids played outside. Growing up there was never any doubt in anyone’s mind that being artistic and creative was going to be her chosen career path.
Kristy spent 10 years overseas living on and exploring tropical islands in the South Pacific. It was this environment that resulted in Kristy’s art work becoming predominately about movement and emotion. Kristy believes every piece should evoke a strong feeling of emotion and a desire to proudly display the artwork in your own private place.
Kristy started her artistic career in Fiji where she successfully created and sold her own Stationary. Then it was off to the Cook Islands where she ran a web design and marketing business and fitted-out resorts with her furniture design and artworks. After an eventful, successful and enjoyable 5 years in the Cook Islands Kristy moved to Perth W A where she proudly opened her first art gallery and assisted other budding artists to start their own careers.
Kristy now resides in the Sunshine Coast where she has enjoyed renovating a 100 year old Queenslander and looking after her 1 year old. Life is fun challenging and changing and Kristy is happy to have this chance to share her pieces with her community.