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Samford church’s Stations of the Cross a life-changing work for artist Dianne Minnaar

WHEN Brisbane artist Dianne Minnaar was commissioned to paint the Stations of the Cross six years ago, she did not know it would set her on a deeply spiritual journey and forge unexpected friendships. The extraordinary artwork, inside the Sacred Heart Church, Samford, on Brisbane’s outskirts, is rich in symbolism, based on “fragments” that Mrs Minnaar said represented “our broken ... Read More »

Powerful drought photos in social media project show farmers strength during tough times

Cattle in drought

A PROFESSIONAL photographer with a keen eye for the outback is working with volunteers in one of Queensland’s hardest hit drought regions on a project showcasing their resilience during hard times. Anne Smith, from Airlie Beach, is working with volunteer photographers in the Barcaldine region – locals capturing their own images of the drought, these volunteers are participating in a ... Read More »

Artist who sculpted busts and statues of Tony Abbott, Victor Chang says John Paul II an inspiration

Linda Klarfeld

RENOWNED sculptor Linda Klarfeld sees plenty of potential creating artworks in her new home on the Gold Coast. “Queensland is the next frontier so, for me, that’s exciting,” Linda said as she prepared for a studio opening at Southport. Her works include both religious and secular themes, and her subjects are the rich, the famous, sporting icons and those closest ... Read More »

Brisbane artist guided by higher power travelling to Rome to see her work in the Vatican

Antoinette Wijeyakulasuriya

WHEN Brisbane artist Antoinette Wijeyakulasuriya starts to paint she knows in her “minds eye” exactly how the finished artwork will look. “The Holy Spirit is guiding me, and that is the joy of it,” Mrs Wijeyakulasuriya said from her home studio where she produces exquisite oil paintings that range from naturalistic landscapes to portraits and abstracts. Her acclaimed work, Holy ... Read More »

Artists call for unity and peace in Cathedral exhibition

Olga Bakhtina and Michelle Bowden

ARTISTS throughout Brisbane are using what Pope John Paul II described as their “gift as creators of beauty” to call for peace and unity around the world. Cathedral of St Stephen’s Art Group has invited local Brisbane artists to create new works based on the theme, All Are One, for its annual winter art exhibition being held this week. COSSAG ... Read More »

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