Canungra – the Art Village & the Art Hut
It may not be immediately evident, but Canungra always had a good relationship with the arts.
Looking way back into the past, we can rediscover Edwin Bode, probably one of the first artists who lived in Canungra and came to fame. – If you haven’t had a look at the Art Hut opposite the Canungra Information Centre, then go and rediscover the art of Edwin Bode. – You can even discover more if you feel like it; he was buried at the Wonglepong Cemetery.
Who was Edwin Bode? (b. 1859 Birmingham, England, UK)
He was a painter and photographer who travelled throughout Queensland, painting watercolours of homesteads in exchange for board and lodging. He was a longtime resident of Canungra, where he died in 1926.
How did that Hut get into Canungra?
The Art Hut is a replica of the home of Edwin Bode, presented to the town of Canungra by Tom Swan, a local developer.
The Hut used to be located on the fence line of the Editor’s block and Tom Swan’s newly developed Canungra Downs. – It is possible that the artist Bode has done one of his paintings from that spot.
The Hut was shifted in 1978 to Canungra with the help of the local Fitzgerald’s transport business. – Mr Fitzgerald also owned the Ampol Service Station, including the “Shed”, which now houses the Canungra Auto Clinic.
Here are images of the transport…
More Artists ….
Probably the most famous artist who lived in the Canungra area was WILLIAM ROBINSON, one of his paintings is called Landscape Canungra .. find out more about Robinson.
Here is one more artist, Eddie Solo, an artist originally from Finland, who exhibited for the Canungra Centenary in October 1979. – That event was held at the Canungra Hall of Arts and showcased a vast array of different artists from around Canungra. – The best local painting art prize for that exhibition went to Eddie Solo.
It will be only 7 years to go, and we will have Canungra’s 150-year celebration. Luckily, we don’t have to wait that long to appreciate the present generation of fabulous artists around Canungra.
Artists within the 4275 postcode have formed “the 4275 Collective”, a group of artists and makers. – The first visible result of that group will be an Arts and Craft Shop and Gallery called the “Maker Space”, which will open on the 1. of July, starting a new era of art for the Canungra Art Scene.
Cheers for Art … Dieter L. Admin – CanungraDirectory