Friday, October 14, 2016

Redland Art Awards 2016

'Life on the edge - Synergy score (Wynnum mangroves)' ©2016 Nicola Moss. Watercolour and gouache on Stonehenge paper with cut outs. 105 x 152cm framed size. Courtesy of the artist and SGAR. Photographed by Carl Warner.

I'm delighted to be exhibiting in the Redland Art Awards 2016, along with my peers from across Australia. Now celebrating its 30th year the competition is presented at the Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from 16th  October to 27th November 2016.
Redland Art Awards is a biennial contemporary painting competition open to all Australian artists, presented by Redland Art Gallery.

My work speaks about the value of healthy environment. Painted plein air on-site in sections, over the course of a day, and completed in my studio; Life on the edge – Synergy score acknowledges the rhythms of life experienced in a coastal habitat. Every day we engage with the natural world around us, in our breath, body and mind.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Kin Kin Creek: Re-Forest

The third stop on the NICA Catchment Excursion No.8 was for lunch and a walk at the property of Geoff and his brother Andrew at Kin Kin Creek Eastern Branch. Geoff and Andrew spoke about the history of land use on their property and their work to re-vegetate. The passion and hours invested by landholders has a significant impact on soil stabilisation and soil run-off into Kin Kin Creek, highlighting the benefits of Acting Locally. I chose the creek walk, meandering in shade cast by Blue Quandong, Foam Bark, Bunya Pine and many more trees; with the clear waters bubbling along.

Big Thanks to Geoff and Andrew for inviting us to their property and speaking about their passion.

Our final stop for the day was at Kin Kin Arboretum. The re-introduction of the site as a place of education and living history was driven by the inspiration of a few local members of the Noosa and District Landcare Group and the generosity of the previous Noosa Shire Council.

The reserve was dedicated in honour of William Douglas Francis, his family were pioneer residents of the area and he went on to become a noted botanist. The threatened species section of the arboretum is dedicated to Herb Schnitzerling who instigated the planting of this section.

We had a walk around the established tracks through re-vegetation areas and the rare and threatened species section. I'll be headed back to spend more time in this living collection and take a wander in the 50+ year old Hoop Pine plantation.

Big thanks to Phillip Moran, Noosa and District Landcare, for identifying and pointing out species of interest. And apologies for calling you Steve at the end!

And special thanks to Tony and Stephanie from NICA for driving me around for the day and organising such an informative and enjoyable excursion.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

'Keeping it in Kin Kin' - LIDAR

Our second stop on the NICA Catchment Excursion No.8 was a tree planted site along Kin Kin creek at Leggetts Loop. Steve and Phil from Noosa and District Landcare spoke about work in the area.
The 'Keeping it in Kin Kin' project aims at keeping Kin Kin's soils in place. One of the specific activities of the project is identifying areas within the Kin Kin catchment impacted by soil loss. LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) uses an aerial near infra-red laser to map landform topography. Data collected in 2009 and 2016 was superimposed and processed, to identify areas with a surface change of more than one metre in depth. Areas are then prioritised for remediation work.

We walked through part of the site planted in July this year, taking in the view of hundreds of seedlings. Each tree is propagated by the Landcare team and consists of rainforest and eucalypt regional ecosystem species. I look forward to returning to this site in future and seeing its growth.

A series of Community workshops and engagement are another specific activity of the project. A big Thank you to Steve and Phil for their informative talk.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Kin Kin Creek - Wahpunga School Park

On Saturday I joined NICA (Noosa Integrated Catchment Association) for their 20th Anniversary Catchment Excursion No. 8. We began the day near Kin Kin Creek at Wahpunga School Park, a site of tree planting and creek bank stabilisation begun in the early 1990's by Landcare. Twenty five years on the trees create a dense microcosm with welcome shade. The tranquil pools and gentle flow of the creek gives little indication of the flood events that occur in this area. It was interesting to see the mature results of a stabilisation project.