Stills lead the way to art


Point of difference: Painters’ interpretations of what photographers captured through the lens at Gunnamatta, above, and a restaurant at Sorrento are among the works at Sorrento Studio over Easter. Pictures: Supplied

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ARTISTS gain ideas and inspiration from many sources, but for an exhibition being run over Easter at Sorrento, all the works are based on photographs.

Photographers and artists from Studio Sorrento collaborated throughout the coronavirus lockdown, with the photography group posted about 80 photos online from which the artists could create artworks in their own style.

The coming together of the two genres led to nearly 60 works.

Once completed, paintings and drawings were then uploaded.

Photography group member Amanda Stuart said it was a thrill for the photographers to see their photo “transformed into something new”.

“For the artists it was a rare treat to have a variety of subjects to paint,” Ms Stuart said. “Many of the members of Studio Sorrento live on their own and the online exhibition provided connection, for the first time, between the photographers and artists. Other local artists joined in.

“At times, the same photo was painted by several artists, but the interpretation is always different, as is the medium they chose.

“Landscapes and seascapes, magpies and roosters, lions and highland cattle have all featured so far, and there are more paintings underway.”

The exhibition is showing at the Sorrento Activity Centre, corner Melbourne and Queens roads, 10am-4pm on Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Entry $2. Free parking. Details:

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 16 March 2021


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