Art lovers are in for a treat with the unveiling of a one-off exhibition by Pat Cale on October 11 at Imbil.
From 2-4pm they can experience a multi-media installation titled “Song” at the Imbil RSL Hall.
Art created by Pat Cale will be displayed against a soundtrack of music commissioned from Sunshine Coast composer Linsey Pollak.
The piece is inspired by the vista of the Imbil region during winter, and immerses the viewer in the movement from night into day through the morning mist – a simple story of natural hope, Ms Cale says.
The artist has been concentrating “in studio” for the past 18 months but her list of prior achievements includes prizes at this year’s Mary Valley Art Festival, finalist Sunshine Coast Art Prize ’06, finalist Mayor’s Prize Kenilworth ’06, ’07, finalist Moreton Bay ’09, ’11.
“Song” is a suite of five panels of paintings that measures a metre high and over four metres in width.
Funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund through Gympie Regional Council allowed Ms Cale to step into an area that she has long wished for.
“This is a prototype for a larger installation – ‘Lost in Sound’ – and my life’s work has been headed towards this kind of multi-media expression,” she said. “There is no doubt that I shall intensely spend my last active years realising that focus.”
Ms Cale tells how music has influenced her work for over 30 years – marriage to composer Bruce Cale evoked the inevitable icon of the music sheet.
“I was librettist for some of his work and developed a deep appreciation for the phonetic impact of words in any language.
“I have always believed that there is an ‘extra sound’ in the landscape – the spiritual song of the world we live in.
“This is why I choose to live and stay in this beautiful area and I want to give a dimension to all of it that is hidden within the noise of bustling day to day living.
“This step, ‘Song’ is the first trial of a greater installation of a whole Mary Valley
experience as the day/season cycles through.”
Ms Cale trained in the United Kingdom in the 1960s and has exhibited professionally post family duties from 1986, including commission work and teaching.
Her areas of expertise are life drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and art history. END