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27 May, 2021

Me and my shadow

THIS year is proving to be a big one for Mena Creek artist and writer Jacque Duffy.

A solo art exhibition at Mission Arts Gallery, a new picture book release, and involvement with the Tropical Writers Festival in Cairns delivering workshops and contributing to panel discussions has her hopping.

“One creative project is feeding into the next, I love it” she said. “I’ve had a few years away from my paint brush and pencil—like most creative people, life can get in the way.

“Now I’m re-immersing myself in things I love doing – and that’s sculpting with words and creating art that tells a story thanks to the encouragement of my husband and the exuberance of my Wednesday evening art students.”

Mission Arts Gallery in Mission Beach is the venue for Jacque’s exhibition and book launch “Shadow – An immersive picture book experience”.

The exhibition will be opened, and book launched Friday 4th of June by Eve Stafford OAM.

Eve is best known as founding chair and Executive Officer of Arts Nexus, a development and service organisation for the arts across Far North Queensland, and her service on panels with Arts Queensland and Australia Council for the Arts.

 “I invite viewers into the world of Shadow, entering, and getting lost in his story, walking with characters. Encouraged to investigate what inspires me, you may discover hidden elements, find that special factor that makes each artwork a unique experience for you,” Ms Duffy said.

“Explore emotion of colour, line and movement, feel romance in Shadow’s architecture. Then please, cast your own shadow onto the artwork and become part of the story itself, you’re invited to share photographs of your Shadow on social media (#shadowswithshadow).”

The exhibition opens 6.30pm Friday June 4, Mission Arts Gallery, MARCS Park, Cassowary drive, Mission Beach. The opening will be followed the next day by an illustrated book creation workshop for children and adults.

 The picture book Shadow will be available for purchase at the book launch.

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