Caldera Art

Welcome to the CA 2014 online Exhibition

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'Beneath the Canopy'     Sue Axford    Chillingham
Slumped enamelled and engraved glass    40cm x 48cm x 2cm   $820    

"When wandering through my rainforest garden, observing the sunlight filtering through the green canopy, I marvel at the growth and size of trees planted just a few years ago. My thoughts then turn to the powerhouse of all this growth - the leafy debris beneath. Without the constant breaking down of twigs and leaves, the rainforest cannot survive. Moisture, fungii and microbes all help this process, and in doing so, create a home for many small creatures. This leaf litter also provides an environment where seeds can germinate and grow. My glass platter creates images of this intriguing world beneath the canopy".


'Beach Morning Glory'     Maureen Bainbridge    Miami
Pastel     48cm x 68cm     $1,200    

"Beach Morning Glory or Goat's Foot Ipomoea pes-caprae has pink / lilac flowers and leaves shaped like a goats hoof. Its commonly found on the sand dunes of the upper North Coast of N.S.W. as well as along the Queensland coastline. Tolerant of salt air and wind it grows on the sand dunes of beaches and is therefore a primary sand stabilizer. Growing on almost all parts of the dune it is an attractive contrast to the sandy slopes, sending long runners like railway tracks down the dunes".


'Eastern Bristle Bird'     Rhonda Baker    Lismore
6 plate Reduction Lino Print     65cm x 50cm     $350    

"Eastern Bristlebirds are medium-sized, brown and rufous coloured birds. Although secretive, they are occasionally seen scampering across open clearings and are easily located by their melodic song and a harsh, sharp alarm-call. The strong bristles at the base of the bill can be seen at close range. There are only 4 populations in the southern QLD/northern NSW area with a total of 35 birds, compared to 15 years ago when 14 populations and 154 birds were recorded. Habitat for central and southern populations is characterised by dense, low vegetation including heath and open woodland with a heathy understorey. Grass fires are of paramount importance to this species".


'Tread Carefully'     Rhonda Baker     Lismore
Oil on Canvas     95cm x 80cm     $750

"The Little Tern Sterna albifrons is listed as Endangered in NSW under the Threatened Species Conservation Act. It is a slender, very small, migratory or partly migratory seabird. Nesting directly on the beach makes them vulnerable to predation by animals and people driving on the sand. Grey plumage covers most of the body with the tips of the wings and the head being predominately black. The wings are very narrow and the tail is moderately long and deeply forked. During the breeding season, the legs, feet and bill change from black to yellow. Further, the heads of breeding birds have a black cap that contrasts with a white forehead".


'Hawksbill Turtle'     Lyndall Bensley     Cabarita Beach
Clay and Stoneware Glazes   15cm x 56cm x 62cm     $1,200

"Hawksbill Sea Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) have a worldwide distribution, including the warm tropical Australian waters (typically found in shallow lagoons and coral reefs). The Hawksbill's sharp, curved beak is the predominant feature that distinguishes them from other turtle species. They have evolved for over 100 million years but are now experiencing serious threats to their survival mainly due to pollution at the hands of humans. One threat is plastic bags as they look like jelly fish, which is a food source for turtles. We can all help in the recovery of this species by simply putting our rubbish in the bin".

'Textures of Nature, Oxley River Rock Pool'     Jan Bracher     Tyalgum Creek
Pastel    67cm x 58cm     NFS

"The Oxley River is formed by the confluence of a number of small creeks including this un-named one. It arises on the southern slopes of the McPherson Range near Tyalgum and, as a river, merges with the Tweed River near Murwillumbah. It is an example of a localised ecosystem, involving biotic (living) interactions as well as abiotic (nonliving) physical and chemical interactions. The surrounding trees can be seen reflected in this painting along with the rocks worn smooth and randomly shaped by the water.  I entered  Caldera Art 2013 with a painting at this same location with the stream in a state of turbulence. This year it is at peace".

'Antartic Beeches'    Liz Brookes     Banora Point
Pastel   72cm x 53cm     $490

"This magnificent stand of Antarctic Beeches is situated in the Lamington National Park. I first saw them during a short break at O'Reilly's guesthouse where I spent many hours walking through the rainforest. The beeches were best seen during the early morning whilst the mist was still rising from the ground. As the mist cleared and the sun struggled to find its way through the canopy, eventually some shafts of sunlight lit up the mosses on these beautiful trees".

'River Bend, Dallis Park'    Liz Brookes    Banora Point
Pastel   45cm x 65cm     $490     

"River Bend Murwillumbah is home to some of the most magnificent scenery within the caldera. If you care to drive along Bakers Road towards Uki, on the right hand side just past Dallis Park, the view is quite spectacular. It encompasses a bend in the Tweed River, the cane fields, and part of the scenic rim in the background. Quintessential Murwillumbah! It is best seen on a sunny day, and this is what I have tried to capture".

'Rainforest Mist'   Brenda Bryant   Chillingham
Acrylic   50cm x 70cm     $780     

"The words of Mark O'Connor's poem summaries my thoughts about my painting : "Rainforest is a symphony, never graspable in full Replete with fugitive notes And familiar themes pursued with a soft nutrient harmony. Trees dwarf the birds Like midges in their boughs But to the ear it's all reversed. The leaves' mist-like murmering flits, A furtive sigh among sunsplashed columns of birdsong".

'Rainforest Waterfall'     Brenda Bryant     Chillingham
Acrylic     40cm x 50cm     $580     

"Living so close to the Lamington National Park, and other World Heritage Listed reserves is a joy and inspiration to me. When I walk through a subtropical rainforest, I can feel the age of the forest and I am filled with awe at how beautiful our region is. I have tried to capture this feeling in my painting".

'Disappearing Landmarks of the Tweed'     Don Capner     Farrants Hill
Lime Stone (Wall Hanging)     30cm x 65cm x 9cm    $300     

"A lone bridge arch standing in the middle of the Tweed River on the Byrrill Creek Road called to me, every time I passed. I felt I had to capture and preserve its beauty and grandeur before it disappears forever. The majestic bridge was destroyed in the 1954 flood and replaced with a functional low level one. As the saying goes 'a lot of time and water has flowed under the bridge' since then as can be seen in the two (2) photographs, pre-1954 and now 2014".

'Reef Wall'     Bernadette Curtin     Myocum
Acrylic on canvas     90cm x 70cm     $850     

"The Caldera region also includes the Cape Byron Marine Park which features Julian Rocks, the sunken wreck offshore from Belongil, and the rocks at Brunswick Heads. All these sites are important habitats for a large variety of sea creatures such as rays, fish, turtles, nudibranches and leopard sharks. Our reef systems are now at the frontline of human intervention. The reefs of coastal seaboards serve as metaphor for the fragility and delicacy of nature, the preciousness we hope to preserve. This painting “Reef Wall” is one of a series of paintings which focuses on reef ecosystems, and their amazing formations and inhabitants".

'Cedar Point Cubism'     Mark Davis    Ballina
Digital Photography     60cm x 75cm     $595     

"Cedar Point Cubism encourages the viewer of the artwork to look at more than just the two dimensional image in front of them. My digital infrared image challenges the viewer to consider the Caldera from multitude of viewpoints and dimensions. The image aims to stimulate the imagination and emotions of the viewer by highlighting key components in the Cedar Point snapshot just outside of Kyogle. The Caldera landscape is illuminated by invisible infrared light and the artwork tries to highlight the trees, the water, the soil and the air we breathe. Caldera cubism also tries to add extra time dimensions of the past, the present and the future".

'Protestor Falls Cubism'     Mark Davis    Ballina
Digital Photography     80cm x 35cm     $695     

"Located in World Heritage Nightcap National Park - fourteen kilometres from The Channon, Protestor Falls and Terania Creek is birthplace of the first successful anti logging protest in 1979. Thirty five years later, Protestor Cubism looks at the natural environment today and highlights key components that have thrived. When we walk on the path from the car park to the falls, things we now take for granted, the rocks, the trees, the water, the air and even the decaying leaf litter accumulating on the forest floor have been preserved for prosperity. Stop and think just what this pristine environment would be like today without the forethought of the pioneering protestors".

'For The Want Of A Horse Shoe Nail'     Andrea Deeley    Banora Point
Photography     48cm x 58.5cm     $240     

"Mother Nature's silent screams can be heard loud and clear through the rapid decline of the insect and other invertebrate populations across the globe. Our bee species, both European and native, are facing mass colony decimations not only from the devastating side effects of toxic pesticides but also the formidable varoa mite. We currently have an obligation to protect these little creatures globally, nationally and here in the Caldera as they also play such a crucial role in the food chain, pollination of crops, food production, agriculture and sustainability. For the "want of a horseshoe nail, the kingdom was lost", and if we lose our bees, we possibly lose everything".

'Footprints in the grass'     Janice Edwards    Pottsville
Photography     21cm x 29cm     $120     

"Nature has a wonderful ability to create balance and consistency if left to its own devices. Mankind has the knowledge and skills to interfere with the workings of nature for his own benefit; however, the question arises of whether he is responsible enough with this power with regard to checking the consequences of his actions. I've left the date on the photo deliberately as a reminder that people need to check at a later date the affects their actions may have had on organisms we share our environment with in order to keep balance and harmony for all".

'The Source'     Janice Edwards    Pottsville
Oil     56cm x 71cm     $300     

"A scene on the eastern edge of the Caldera at sunset shows exquisite harmony of colour, line and form emanating from a single source of light where all appears to merge as one. In contrast to this, the same scene could display equally, great potential for disharmony evident in the sand dune denudation and erosion. As one is drawn to the source of light and life, I ask also what we as human beings are the source of? Are we part of the preservation or destruction of this harmony"?

'So where are the ants?'     Jill Garsden    Goonellabah
Graphite & coloured pencil on paper     48cm x 67cm     $600     

"Short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus) are the world’s oldest surviving mammals, and the fact that they are widespread across Australia and its varied climatic zones and ecosystems pays tribute to their resilience. Those found in the Caldera have more spines and less fur than those which live in cooler climates. They are myrmecophages (ant and termite specialists), as is the Snake-eyed Skink (Cryptoblepharus virgatus) shown here amongst the leaf litter. Despite the echidna's resilience, many of the ecosystems in which it is found are increasingly losing their vitality, as is hinted at by the use of graphite rather than coloured pencil around the fringes of this work".

'Poised'     Jill Garsden    Goonellabah
Acrylic on canvas   91cm x 61cm     $800     

"The only species of stork found in Australia, the Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus australis), often also called the Jabiru, is endangered in NSW, even though it is not highly unusual to see one within the Mt Warning Caldera. Only about 75 pairs are thought to breed in NSW, so we are privileged to encounter this impressive bird. Invertebrate and vertebrate prey found in water 5 to 30 cms deep forms the bulk of the diet of the Black-necked Stork. In this painting, I aimed to capture a sense of the characteristic environment, pose, and often-solitary nature of this bird, which stands about 1.3 metres tall".

'A Word for Birds'     Kim Godfrey    Tweed Heads
Artist's book-watercolour    25cm x 99cm     $600     

"A tree A perfect place to be A breath of fresh air Yet C02 surrounds you Do you care about the air? Is it a bird or a plane? What a shame The tree disappearing One by one Until there are none RIP The Tree".

'Native Orchid'     Barry Henderson    Banora Point
Acrylic    60cm x 90cm     $650     

"There are over 600 species of native orchids, many of them indigenous to this area. I have drawn on their colours and shapes to illustrate a simple bloom with a complex palate. The creams are symbolic of Dendrobium speciosum, the epiphyte that flowers prolifically along the scenic rim; the whites from Sarcochlis fitzgeraldii, the same that greeted Oxley as he explored the Tweed. The browns and ochres are inspired by the swamp orchid Phaius tankervilleae, now more prolific in greenhouses than its natural habitat. And the dusky purples, drawn from the local Cynbidiums suave, canaliculatumand madidum, all contribute to my vision".

'Ecological Friends and Foes'     Sandra Heuston     Rosebank
Giclee photographic print     60cm x 80cm     $595     

"The pristine rainforest environment is constantly under threat from the invasion of environmental weeds and the encroachment of humankind. The on-going restoration works of rainforest ecosystems costs millions of dollars every year. I hope that this image will help raise awareness that as individuals we can make a difference in protecting these fragile environments".

'Palms United'     Sandra Heuston     Rosebank
Giclee photographic print     50cm x 63cm     $465     

"This collage of Palms represents a small collection of the many species that form part of the diversity of the rainforest ecosystem. As individuals we can all play a part in assisting further demise of this fragile environments".

'Richmond Birdwing Butterfly'     Cassandra Hodgins     Beaudesert
Watercolour and graphite    46cm x 56cm     $900     

"The Richmond Birdwing Butterfly (Ornithoptera richmondia), once in abundance, is now considered vulnerable and only exists in fragmented populations in Southeast Queensland and Northern New South Wales. The larval food of this butterfly, Pararistolochia praevenosa, listed as threatened, prefers to grow in subtropical rainforest at low to moderate altitudes. This butterfly has some hope for the future with dedicated community members and groups supporting planting and breeding programs".

'Bassian Thrush study'     Christina Houen     Murwillumbah
Pastel    53cm x 66cm     $650     

"The Bassian Thrush, also known as White's Thrush, Ground Thrush and Scaly Thrush, is a secretive bird living in damp, densely forested areas in south-east Australia and the Atherton Tablelands, Queensland. It feeds on the ground, scratching in leaf litter for small invertebrates. Here, it is catching a moth on the wing. If it is disturbed it will run a short distance and then freeze, relying on the camouflage of its mottled plumage. I love the intricate pattern of its feathers, and the ephemeral spread of its wings".

'Black-neck Stork'     Brian Kerwick    Robina
Acrylic on canvas   50cm x 60cm     NFS    

"Black-necked Storks are well adapted to hunt for fish and frogs in wetlands. They have very long legs to stalk for prey and a powerful bill with which it unleashes a spearing jab. This female bird (with its distinctive yellow eyes) stands guard over a nestling, well settled into a complex bundle of vegetation and sticks. This magnificent bird species requires the natural water flows in wetlands to be preserved as well as the conservation of associated native vegetation, especially tall trees (both living and dead) for nest sites".

'Gumnuts'     Brian Kerwick    Robina
Acrylic on canvas   30cm x 40cm     NFS    

"The eucalyptus tree hanging in my back yard has cascading leaves that reflect the morning sun. Lingering within the foliage are gumnuts shrouded in shadow with flashes of light. This configuration has created an interesting study in light and shadow".

'Devil's Needle (from German Folklore)'   Kristine Kowitz  Tweed Heads  
Photography   40cm x 50cm    $280    

"Dragonflies are among the most ancient land-living species, having been in existence for almost 300 million years. It is characterised by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies are some of the fastest insects in the world. Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects. They are usually found around streams, and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic. Insects are good climate indicators as their development depends on temperature. Monitoring communities of climate sensitive species, such as insects, could enable scientists to develop indicators for climate change effects on biodiversity and help devise policies to protect it".

'Elkhorn Elegance'   Kristine Kowitz    Tweed Heads   
Photography   75cm x 50cm    $350    

"The Elkhorn fern, Platycerium bifurcatum occurs naturally along the coasts of Queensland and New South Wales. It is an epiphyte, growing on the trunks and branches of trees. Each plant is composed of a mass of plantlets. A plantlet consists of a nest leaf 12-30 cm wide, lying against the bark of the host tree. The nest leaves of neighbouring plantlets overlap one another. Fertile fronds 25-90 cm long protrude from each plantlet. Each frond divides into two segments a number of times along its length. Spores having a velvety feel are produced on the undersurface of the end segments of each frond".

'Tall Trees'     Ronda Luland    Banora Point  
Woodfired Ceramic   66cm x 26cm x 26cm     $350    

"I remember growing up in Blacktown, in Western Sydney, it was farmland and bush back then. There was rolling hills for miles. The property I grew up on had a large bush adjoining the back fence. We walked through the bush many times and I recall the textures on the different trees that were growing there, there were rough and smooth bark and also lots of dead and fallen trees. My large pot depicts what I remember of that time".

''Clutches of the Strangler'     Rita Masarin    Tugun
Oil on canvas  100cm x 65cm  $960 

"There are so many moments in life when a person feels insignificant against nature. For me, its gazing up at the panoramic view of a magnificent fig tree in a rainforest.  My artistic vision aims to capture the sense of wonder and awe that nature provides. Figs are considered a keystone species of our rainforests since they bear fruit several times a year. An interesting fact which I love is that in some forests, up to 70% of animal's diets depend on figs. They are a wonderful and significant part our ecosystem. And I feel I have portrayed the beauty of this precious tree through this artwork".

''The wisdom is on the trees'     Natalia Mazzi    Leichhardt
Dry plants,acrylics,pastels,recycled credit card plastic  35cm x 46cm   $350  

"If the wisdom is on the trees, why sell them? Why give them away for money? The money should stay where it belongs, the forest. The Rainforest holds a priceless environment to help animals and plants to grow. Nature is complete as it is, no need to modify or interfere. Just enjoy the priceless environment".

'Beginning'     Helen McCullagh    Eungella  
Oil on canvas   46cm x 46cm     $800    

"Great art picks up where nature ends" - Marc Chagall Artistic licence allows me to change the world around me as I see it. I borrow my compositions from Instagram feeds around the world. I bring the world to my Tweed Valley home and share in a beauty that is not restricted by politics or religion but simply resonates on a human level. It is nature that binds us".

'Beginning 11'     Helen McCullagh     Eungella
Oil on canvas     37cm x 37cm     $700    

"Artistic licence allows me to change the world around me as I see it. I borrow my compositions from Instagram feeds around the world. I bring the world to my Tweed Valley home and share in a beauty that is not restricted by geography but simply resonates on a human level. Someone else's world becomes my world for a time and we exchange small snapshots of our lives".

'Reflections - Tweed Valley'     Scott McDougal     Pottsville
Acrylic on canvas     90cm x 60cm     $7,500    

"These old rural buildings are fast disappearing, many abandoned and falling into disrepair. As I was working on painting this window I thought a reflection of the beautiful new growth, the tropical greens of a grove of banana trees, would be a great contrast to the decay of the weathered wall and window frames. Circle of life".

'Walking amongst the Caldera Landscape'     
Mary-Anne Meginess      Alstonville
Fused glass tile     15cm x 15cm     $100     

"An inspiring bushwalk through Springbrook National Park. I love the contrasting colours of the white lichen against the greenery. I wanted to capture the peace of mind I feel when out meandering in the Caldera region. The glass enables me to create life long memories".

'Natural Arch-meandering on New Year's Day'  
Mary-Anne Meginess      Alstonville

Fused glass.    50cm x 40cm     NFS     

"Gorgeous day out amongst nature, culminating in a bush walk at the Natural Arch. One of the best New Year's days I have experienced. The diversity of the plants and countryside in the Caldera region inspires me to create glass works as treasured memories. I love the green misty views, the fresh smells, walking amongst the bush, stopping to look at small creatures blending into the landscape and listening to the sounds of stillness and flowing water".

'Afternoon haze, Mount Warning'     Barney Miller     Murwillumbah
Oil on canvas board     55.5cm x 71cm     $1,150     

"The smoke of cane fires, combined with backlighting from a westering sun, scatters the sunlight through the atmosphere, creating a blue haze which exaggerates the perception of distance. The veiled mountains provide a mysterious and majestic backdrop, which accentuates the clarity and brightness of the sunlit foreground. The outlook to Mount Warning from this viewpoint near the Tweed Regional Gallery is iconic, a joy to behold and a pleasure to paint".

'The tower guards, Cougals west peak'     Barney Miller     Murwillumbah
Oil on canvas board     44cm x 54cm     $680     

"Away from the hustle and bustle, in places that are difficult to get to, small pockets of native bushland still survive. The silhouettes of the spear-like flower spikes and the sheen on the arching leaves, contrast sharply with the pale glow and soft shadows of the mist. These grass-trees stand like ancient warriors, guarding the forbidding tower of rock as it rises through the cloud, evoking a sense of mystery and adventure".

'Sea Turtle'     Sheila Miller     Duranbah
Acrylic     91cm x 120cm     $1,500     

"The artist is a passionate conservationist which is realised in all her artwork which is always animal orientated. Because of this passion, there's always a warm sense of reality in the artwork".

'Whites Headland'     Rick Molloy     Federal
Oil on canvas     76cm x 100cm    $460   

"The coastline of the Broken Head Nature Reserve, on the outer rim of the Caldera, is one of natural wild beauty; jagged rocky headlands and sheltered white sand beaches. This work is a visual response to this coastline, where rock strata has been violently twisted by ancient volcanic activity and rocky headlands pounded and broken by the constant power of the ocean".

'Entrapment'     Kate Murdock     Melbourne
Oil on canvas     97cm x 97cm    $2,000   

"Utilising a process of distillation through photographs and pencil studies, Kate looks for the essence in her subjects. From the purity of natural forms to more mundane images of suburban confinement, she allows her abstractions to find an emotion beyond visual representation. Her works based on tropical foliage explore the spiritual balance found in nature, whilst her suburban series, as well as capturing an essence, reveal the social isolation and claustrophobia of suburban life. The Western ideal of privacy within a home can be detrimental to social cohesion, putting up barriers and removing the sense of community".

'Temporalis'     Kate Murdock     Melbourne
Oil on canvas     96cm x 96cm    $2,000   

"Utilising a process of distillation through photographs and pencil studies, Kate looks for the essence in her subjects. From the purity of natural forms to more mundane images of suburban confinement, she allows her abstractions to find an emotion beyond visual representation. Her works based on tropical foliage explore the spiritual balance found in nature, whilst her suburban series, as well as capturing an essence, reveal the social isolation and claustrophobia of suburban life. The Western ideal of privacy within a home can be detrimental to social cohesion, putting up barriers and removing the sense of community".

'Catch of the Day'     Roslyn Oakes     Murwillumbah
Oil   35cm x 80cm     $700     

"The Osprey is frequently seen along rivers, estuaries and beaches of the Tweed.  A highly adapted fish eagle, it will catch several fish each day, especially when dependant young need to be fed. It is depicted here with the first catch of the day, plucked from cool waters on a winters morning".

'Oxygen Givers'     Dereka Ogden     Tugun
Oil   50cm x 40cm     $200     

"This a reminder that we need all our trees, and is a plea not to cut them down for trivial reasons and as a reminder that forest destruction is going on at a rapid pace with no thought for the future".

'Mother & Baby Koala'     Christine Ovenell    Terranora
Pastel     73cm x 52cm    $450       

"Living in the Tweed area for the last ten years has been such an enjoyable experience. Seeing my first wild Koala was part of that, and I have tried to put some of my feeling into this art work".

'Male Koala'     Christine Ovenell     Terranora
Pastel     66cm x 53cm     $450     

"After trying my hand at Landscapes in pastel I have gone back to my first love of animals. I just had to try another Koala".

'Dance while no-one's watching'     Deborah Pearse     Byron Bay
Photography     53cm x 135cm     $420     

"Black-necked Storks are endangered in NSW so it a rare and random privilege to see them in the wetlands around Byron Bay, even more so when they’re dancing on water. The relative safety they have here allows them rest in the waterways, hunt for the eels and mullet they love or do their beautiful mating dance. They are now extinct through much of Eastern NSW, their range has been reduced by the loss of floodplains and tall reed beds through agriculture, mining and human settlement".

'Safe Habitats'     Deborah Pearse     Byron Bay
Photography     36cm x 54cm     $480     

"The impact humans have on the natural world is making safe habitats for wildlife increasingly hard to find. In the wetlands, wildlife corridors and protected areas the natural world has a chance to follow its processes and birds of prey have their place in the hierarchy. This young Whistling Kite is safe in the wetlands, primarily a scavenger, the Kites clean up any carrion and feral populations such as rabbits. They need tall trees for nesting and in some areas their populations have been affected by wetland destruction and drainage".

'Earth and Sea'     Fraser Pollock     Double Bay
Watercolour and ink on paper     21cm x 30cm     $250    

"It is important we keep a balance between humankind's intrusion and the wonder of the natural environment. The balance will wax and wane over time but with enough care and thought we can create a state where each benefit the other".

'Sunrise'     Susan Powell     Murwillumbah
Soft Pastel    42cm x 52cm     $350   

"As the sun breaks through clouds over the Pacific Ocean, its light dances on the waves and the river of gold chases the waves onto the sand. The restless sea bathes the shore yet deeper within its waters is a vast underworld kingdom of plant and animal life which is hidden from view. Walking along the shore as the new day begins, fills one with anticipation that this new day will bring positive outcomes. I was drawn to capture the vision of the sun over the ocean with its light breaking through the patterned clouds as yet another reminder of the beauty and complexity of the Caldera region".

'Velvet Leaf'     Susan Powell     Murwillumbah
Soft Pastel    42cm x 52cm     $350   

"Part of the remarkable diversity of the Tweed flora is the beautiful Velvet Leaf shrub (callicarpa pedunculata). It has fluffy little pink and yellow flowers which morph into tiny green capsules growing and maturing into succulent purple/red berries. A native to Australia, it is most commonly found in warmer areas, especially the rainforests of northern NSW. I found this species fascinating because the transformation from flowers to fruit can be seen together on the one tree and the texture of the strongly veined leaves".

'Scaly-breasted Lorikeet'     John Pumpurs     Eungella
Photographic collage    59cm x 67cm     $450   

"These images were all taken in Murwillumbah- the lorikeet was feeding on the Xanthorrhoea sp. flowers outside the council chambers
and all the lorikeet feathers were collected from the pavement outside the Post Office.
The images show me how accessible the wildlife is to everybody in the Caldera as well as displaying the beauty of the close-up. My aim has always been to raise awareness of the amazing biodiversity around us".

'Change, evolve, survive'     Christine Read     Lennox Head
Mixed Media on paper    50cm x 70cm     $700   

"The Australian White Ibis is considered by some to be a pest because of its scavenging ways. However, this bird has looked evolution in the face; it has immigrated to urban areas as its wetland breeding grounds became drier, causing their flight to survive. We have these elegant birds on our property. I wanted to celebrate them by creating an image using the characterisation of birds in the Rinpatradition of Japan. This tradition was furthered by Kamasaka Sekka. The Ibis and it wetland habitat is printed using a silk screen. Gold acrylic paint has been applied and although rougher than Japanese work, is intended to provide an outback feel".

'Lost Trees'     Bronwyn Rodden     Valla Beach
Watercolour     60cm x 120cm     $600   

"The beauty of the Caldera region is exemplified by the wonderful rainforests. But these need protection if they are not to be lost".

'Red Waterfall'     Bronwyn Rodden     Valla Beach
Watercolour    128cm x 100cm     $1,250     

"Water is our most precious resource and the Caldera is a region alive with rainforests and beautiful watercourses. A red waterfall may reflect the setting sun, but it may also be a warning to us to care for our natural environments while we still can".

'Morning Gift'     Lesley Ryan     Lennox Head
Polychromix coloured pencil and gouache    90cm x 75cm     $800     

"This butcher bird sits on my fence most mornings. He does a circuit of the house eating the bugs from under the eaves. One day after a severe storm, a bedraggled and wet bird was singing in the rain, and a gentle echo was coming from across the paddocks. I managed to do a few sketches and then take some photos. He has taken to leaving gifts on the fence, a crab shell, a squashed bug and to me it is like receiving a bunch of flowers from an admirer".

'Hommage to the Coucal Pheasant'     Matthew Sansom    Byron Bay
Acyrlic on Canvas    60cm x 45cm     $2,800    

"The Coucal Pheasant is a sight to behold! This unusual Cuckoo is part pheasant and with a carnivorous beak, part bird of prey. It can only be found in the subtropics of Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Since the Coucal is a ground bird, it often falls victim to the domestic cat as well as road fatalities. This has lead to a decline in numbers in urban areas. I have painted this beautiful bird as a reminder to people to consider the impact of cats on wildlife and to put a bell around your pets neck to give these and other creatures a chance of survival".

'Baldy' White Headed Pigeon     Jan Sinclair    North Tumbulgum
Mixed Medium    60cm x 80cm     NFS    

"Nomadic Baldy pigeons are very shy and only leave the rainforest to forage...traditionally on fruits like native laurels. Introduced camphor laurel trees now grow along many regenerating stream banks and roadsides with their ripe berries falling into the fertile mulch-bed of leaf litter. Timid Baldy pigeons only leave their rainforest margins to feed on these berries, making them very vulnerable to passing traffic. After recently retrieving an injured Baldy from the roadside I was captivated by the hidden beauty of its soft, downy, iridescent colours when it 'fluffed' the feathers on its back".

'Eucalyptus Leaf'     Diane Smith    Kingscliff
Watercolour    43cm x 28cm     $150     

"There are more than 700 species of Eucalyptus, mostly native to Australia. Eucalyptus leaves are covered with oil glands and the copious oils produced are an important feature of the genus. An essential oil extracted from eucalyptus leaves contains compounds that are powerful natural disinfectants and can be toxic in large quantities. Several marsupial herbivores, notably koalas, ringtail possums and greater gliders, are relatively tolerant of it and make food choices based on the smell of the leaves. Koalas are fussy eaters and eat about half a kilogram of leaves each day, those in Northern NSW have a preference for Tallowwood and Forest Red Gum".

'The Wanderer'     Diane Smith   Kingscliff
Watercolour     32cm x 42cm     $120     

"Green sea turtles are reptiles whose ancestors evolved on land and took to the sea to live about 150 million years ago. They are one of the few species so ancient that they watched the dinosaurs evolve and become extinct. These turtles are listed as an endangered species and despite this, they are still killed for their meat and eggs. They undertake lengthy migrations from feeding sites to nesting grounds, normally on sandy beaches. Mating occurs every two to four years and to nest, females leave the sea and choose an area, often on the same beach used by their mothers, to lay their eggs. The most dangerous time of a green sea turtles life is when it makes the journey from nest to sea. Multiple predators voraciously prey on hatchlings during this short scamper".

'McPherson Ranges'     Jan Snowdon    Tyalgum
Pencil on paper    32cm x 52cm     $250      

"The mystical ranges of the McPhersons are part of the north-western Caldera formation. They are impassable from the valley below, though whilst drawing them, there are many thoughts about scaling their heights that go through the mind.They are best observed in the mornings, and like Wollumbin Mt Warning, are steeped in history".

'New Dawn'    Barbara Suttie     Murwillumbah
Oil on canvas    50cm x 40cm     $850     

"The Caldera bio region of NSW contains some of the most diverse flora and fauna species found anywhere in Australia.These are threatened due to large tracks of habitat being destroyed or modified by human activity, the introduction of exotic species and climate change. Positive actions taken by governing bodies, community action groups, Tweed Shire Council, farmers and landowners enable all to work together to make this a diverse, sustainable region. private landholders are financially supported and encouraged to replant and re establish our wonderful biodiversity including rain forest, dry forest and native grasses. Our Beautiful Green Caldera- to be nurtured, valued and protected".

'The Burning Question'    Barbara Suttie     Murwillumbah
Oil on canvas     40cm x 30cm     $580     

"As we work and change the landscape, waterways and the air, it is vital that we recognise our global relationship with our environment. We have choices over our ecological footprint. Maintaining biodiversity and the unique geological integrity of the region is often in harsh contrast with agriculture and production. What commitment do we have to environmentally sustainable and responsible production practices? As individuals we can take responsibility to guide, monitor and provide a strong public voice to regulate farming and production practices with an eco-friendly, sustainable approach. Our pro active approach can make a difference. The Burning Question"!

'Sunrise Silhouette'      Valda van Gelder    Tumbulgum
Soft pastel on cardboard    50cm x 40cm     NFP    

"On the dawn of another beautiful day , the rising of the sun has silhouetted nature and painted the ocean gold . I aimed to capture the beautiful colour and light of nature in this painting".

'Wollumbin'     Valda van Gelder     Tumbulgum
Soft pastel   70cm x 50cm     NFP     

"Wollumbin means cloud catcher, and by this painting we see an example of why it was given this name".

'Wompoo Fruit Dove'     Susanne Walden     Via Uki
Felted wool    22cm x 37cm  x 14cm    $300     

"This large fruit dove is native to Australia and New Guinea. In NSW the species is threatened, the population is in decline and since 1995 listed as vulnerable under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act. The large-scale clearing of subtropical rainforest for urban development and agriculture in the past has severely fragmented key habitat. The species shows preference for movement through continuous habitat. Disturbance in rainforest reserves from increased recreation by tourists is a further threat -considering that the core breeding range occurs at mid to high elevation sites around Mt Warning and the Focal Peak shield volcanoes. Until 1948 the dove was also hunted as game".

'Gentle Melaleucas'     Lynne Wallis     Byron Bay
Mixed media on Japanese paper on canvas    42cm x 122cm     $600     

"Melaleucas, more commonly known as paperbarks, are prolific in the coastal peatlands of our region. Home to insects, native birds and animals, these resilient trees are soft to the touch, constantly shedding their papery skins. At a glance, their textured trunks all appear similar in appearance but each one is unique. My home in Byron Bay is sheltered by a tall stand of these soft hued trees. Their tall, textured forms are my constant companions and the inspiration for this work. They bend and sigh together in the wind; gentle Melaleucas".

'Place for reflection, Natural Bridge pool'  Lynne Wallis    Byron Bay
Acrylic on canvas    61cm x 61cm     $450     

"The Natural Bridge and pool, Springbrook National Park, is a place of quiet and peaceful beauty. The surrounding landscape of deeply shadowed rock, sunlit forest and bright sky is reflected and transformed into animated patterns and colours on the constantly moving surface of the pool. The water imbues the reflected landscape with its own energy and movement creating new perspectives, while the personal process of quiet reflection in such beautiful and wondrous places can transform our view of the wider world and our place in it".

'The Glow Worm Cave of Natural Arch'     Patricia Walsh     Lismore
Oil on canvas paper    42cm x 30cm     $2,200     

"Glow worms are the larvae of a small fly. They glow to attract insects into their constructed silk thread snare. The larvae live up to a year and the adults only a few days. There are fears that increasing tourism could impact on their survival. Glow worms require permanently moist, wet rainforests. These are shrinking, due to human impact and climate change. The cave attracts over 300 tourists a night. The glow worms are sensitive to torchlight, smoke and insect repellent, as are their prey. As well as enhancing the understanding of Australian glow-worms and their conservation needs, Claire Baker's (PhD UofQ) findings will help tour operators and wildlife managers lessen the impact of tourism on glow-worms".

'Close to home'     Rudiger Wasser     Byron Bay
Digital photography    72cm x 103cm     $300     

"Living within the beauty of nature comes with its natural dangers, like the ever increasing fire seasons every year when the weather and therefore our surrounding land goes dry. The Coastal Bush provides wonderful natural cover and biodiversity, but it also means exposure to natural disasters, like on New Years Day 2014 when the fires came very close to and threatened homes in Lennox Head and could be smelt all along the coast. This photo shows a contradiction of beauty created by disaster".

'Bitter sweet'     Johanne Whalan     Pottsville
Oil on canvas    31cm x 61cm     $120     

"At a time when environmental issues are of great concern especially in the Caldera region, the tradition of burning the sugar cane fields at harvest time creates millions of tonnes of soot,carbon dioxide and heat into the air. Alternatives to burning are now encouraged as there's less impact on air quality and are more environmentally sustainable".

'Amongst the Flora'     Kalinda Witchey     Bangalow
Acrylic on canvas    75cm x 100cm     $850     

"The superbly coloured Noisy Pitta is surprisingly difficult to see in the rainforest where it is essentially a ground dwelling bird. My painting of this species depicts the leaf litter of the flora on the forest floor, and the matching colours of the bird itself. The Noisy Pitta is one of the many splendid bird species found in the wetter forests of Australia's Green Cauldron and beyond".

'A glimpse into the past that was'     Dierdre Wybrew     Coolangatta
Rosewood and Teak    84cm x 27cm x 28cm     $200     

"A slice of a once majestic Rosewood tree bedded in a minute piece of Teak wood, both birthed in the Caldera. These trees have graced this land for millions of years. The birth of a nation relied on these beautiful trees to help shield and protect them from the elements. They are so important to our planet. If we don't preserve and respect our forests, this will be all we have to remember them. They are our ancient heritage and most precious treasures. All of the beauty of the past is about gone for a false sense of "progress" Even in decay they are beautiful".

'Harmony'     Dierdre Wybrew     Coolangatta
Limestone and marble    37cm x 32cm  x 18cm   $300     

"I see "Harmony" as the dance of life between man, nature and the elements. The dance of life one might call it, living in harmony with the Earth. Like most of the people living in and around the caldera. If we don't all start living in harmony with each other, what chance do either of us have. Cherished are those who live in harmony. Let us all unite in harmony for peace on Earth".

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