Cooloola Coast artists celebrated in Gympie Region Studio Trails in September

Sea Turtle by Net Rae Art. Check out more of his stunning artwork during this year’s Studio Trails in September. Image from www.netraeart.com.au

The Gympie Regional Council has officially launched the 2022 Gympie Region Studio Trails, which runs from Saturday September 3rd to Sunday September 18th.

The Cooloola Coast is teeming with artists, artisans and creative spaces and four of the region’s best invite people to their private studios, workshops and exhibition spaces as part of the ever-popular Studio Trails.

Gympie Region Studio Trails provide an opportunity to meet the creators and gain intimate insight into their work, skills, stories, inspiration and creative practices.

Rainbow Beach Community Hall, Rainbow Beach Pizza, Jill McDonald and The Cooloola Coast Art Group are the Cooloola Coast contingent participating in this year’s Gympie Region Studio Trails.


A collective of local artists will transform Rainbow Beach Hall into an art gallery with an exhibit showcasing the incredible talent of the Rainbow Beach community.

Artists involved in this exhibition are Jennifer Tanner, Karen Hall, Rainbow Ze, Yarra, MoCean Art, Net Rae Art, Rory Sanders Photography, Saltwood Art, Carla Riehl, Phyllis Peakman, Lexi Illustrator, Catch That Chris Photography and local art Rainbow Beach group.

The exhibit space, located at 32 Rainbow Beach Road, will be open every Friday and Saturday for the duration of the event.


Step into Rainbow Beach Pizza at 1/48 Shop Rainbow Beach Road and view a collection of artwork by local artist Lynette Dimmock of Net Rae Art.

Lynette’s inspiration is the beach and capturing the vivid colors of the landscape. The Rainbow Beach Pizza exhibit space is open Tuesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Be sure to check out the fabulous James R Ellis mural on the outside wall of Rainbow Pizza while you’re there! And take the time to discover its other frescoes that dot the city.


Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, Jill McDonald’s beautiful gallery at 16 King Street, Tin Can Bay is a colorful oasis of hand-painted silk scarves, fashion, decorative art and uniquely handcrafted decor.

Jill’s studio will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Cooloola Coast Art Group is a dedicated group of art lovers who explore a variety of mediums and techniques to produce a diverse collection of artwork displayed at the beautiful Tuncunba Gardens property.

The group has a variety of classes available as part of Studio Trails, including Exploring Color from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday, September 12 and Create Your Own Travel Journal from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13. Both classes are $25 with morning tea and materials provided.

The Cooloola Coast Art Group studio located at 20 Gympie Road, Tin Can Bay will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


For more information, including all other venues and artists participating in the Gympie Region Studio Trails, visit https://www.gympie.qld.gov.au/studio-trails

Studio Trails is an initiative of the Gympie Regional Gallery and is made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Art Fund to support the arts in regional and remote Queensland. The Regional Arts Fund is administered in Queensland by Flying Arts Alliance Inc.


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