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Feature | The Artist Behind Our Winter Cover

Posted by Discover Media Australia on 20 August 2017
Feature | The Artist Behind Our Winter Cover

The hugely talented local artist, Melinda Casey, is known for her live art performance and Mural art located in and around Port Macquarie.

Melinda Casey Artist

Above photo | Melinda Casey

Finding the perfect cover for our next bi annual magazine is an ongoing job. Each edition, up until now, has been a photographic image of some sort that normally showcases something remarkable about our region. After we changed the design and look of the magazine last year, we felt it was an appropriate time to continue with the new trend and try an illustration for a change. It was an easy decision for us to commission Melinda to illustrate the stunning cover of our Winter 2017 issue of our Discover Magazine. Her artwork is truly beautiful!

The brief for the Winter magazine cover was to showcase the natural fauna and flora of our region and what makes us unique. What Melinda came up with was simply stunning! The illustration captures the beautiful and vibrant colours of our region, the aquas and blues of the ocean, greens of the rainforest and hinterland, and our signature Norfolk Island pines. Not to mention the main focus of the illustration - our Koala and Humpback Whale. Port Macquarie is a koala haven and home to many of these adorable furry friends - you can also visit the world's first Koala Hospital here! We are also blessed to witness the annual whale migration each season when our waters come alive with playful humpbacks and their offspring.

So naturally for this special cover we decided to celebrate the koala, one of Australia's most iconic animals, and the majestic humpback whales who grace us with their presence each winter. There was a lot of work behind the scenes that Melinda put in to reach the final illustration - have a look at how the image evolved from first concept to the final piece.

Cover concept artwork in progress

Mel Casey Progress 1

Concept 1

 Mel Casey Option 2

Concept 2

Mel Casey Option 3

Concept 3

 Mel Casey Option 4

Concept 4

Mel Casey Concept 6

Concept 5

Discover Magazine Winter Cover 2017

Concept 6 - Final Artwork

You can see more of Melinda's awesome artwork at the Latin Loafer, Beeline Toy Store, the "If We All Had Wings" wall (with Adam Murray) near Arthouse Industries, and the The Byabarra Cafe Bakehouse Bar + B&B. And watch our for her new wings wall out at the Wauchope IGA.

Melinda has previously exhibited her work at the Glasshouse Regional Gallery and the 'oneline' exhibition with Juan Cosgayon in 2015 at the Sunset Gallery. Illustrative artwork can be purchased from Arthouse Industries or contact her via Facebook or phone 0418 745 077.

There's only a few weeks left to pick up a copy of our Discover Winter magazine featuring this incredible cover on the front, so head to the Visitor Information Centre at the Glasshouse (4/13 Hay Street, Port Macquarie, Ph: 1300 303 155) to grab one today.

Discover Magazine Winter 2017 Online

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Port Macquarie Galleries and Exhibitions

Port Macquarie celebrates its artists in a variety of ways. It has galleries, art trails, and hosts art exhibitions as some of the ways of celebrating its artists. You will see beautiful sculptures and captivating artworks while having a drink of some old beer. Here are few places you can visit to see how Port Macquarie celebrates its local artists.

Hello Koala Sculpture Trail

If you go across the Port Macquarie Hastings area - you can get a fantastic view of Koala statues scattered in the space. The artist trail project won Gold at the NSW Tourism awards of 2017. It also featured in the 2018 Australian Tourism Finals in February representing NSW. The sculpture trail is much acclaimed as Trip Advisor ranks it third amongst the list of things to do when in Macquarie. There are 12 Koala statues right in the middle of town, and 19 others a few minutes' drive away from the city centre.

Long Point Vineyard and Gallery

A few minutes from the Port is Long Point. Here, there is an art gallery with a beautiful collection of art made by local artists as well as sculptures that are permanently placed outdoors. This art gallery is a must visit. Here there is also a charming vineyard, where you can indulge in excellent wines and spirits.

Arthouse Industries

Glass studio features appealing artwork, clothing and handmade gifts. Here you can go for workshops as well as attend Lampwork glass demonstrations. In this industry, you will find an award-winning glass artist, Skye, who makes jewellery. She demonstrates from the studio how she moulds molten glass to create her wearable pieces. You can indulge your creative self here.

Glasshouse Regional Gallery

This is an art gallery at Port Macquarie which is the regional creative premier hub for culture, and the arts. An art exhibition at the gallery features sculptural, design, historical, traditional, indigenous, and contemporary pieces. There is no fee charged to go into the gallery.

Stitched 'n' Framed

This is the biggest patchwork shop in Port Macquarie. Fabrics can be purchased at the store or online. The staff at the store have years of experience doing patchwork. They mainly deal with modern, pretty and reproduction patchwork. They are the most recent Quilt Guild of Port Macquarie. They have a dealership for Handy Quilter, Baby Lock, Janome and Bernina machines. Famous and visiting tutors hold social sewing groups and classes in two workshop areas at the shop. When you are in Port Macquarie, be sure to indulge in the art available in the area.

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