Various creative people have made the Daintree
rainforest their home, this is a short and by no means complete introduction
to some of the arts and artists in the region.
At the restaurant Whet in Cape Tribulation you
will find, besides the best food in the area, this collection of massive
timber barstools, chainsaw-carved from Kuranda Quandong salvaged from
the Daintree rainforest.
They are for sale and a total of 5 are currently available, the perfect
opportunity to give your bar or resort that special touch.
The creator of these bar stools is Rob Lapaer,
a long term Cape Tribulation resident, who also does cement sculpture.
You can view these sculptures on the rainforest
sculpture trail around Rainforest
Hideaway on Camelot Close in Cape Tribulation.
Alison Gotts of the Cape
Tribulation Exotic Fruit Farm is another local artist, and her paintings
are inspired by the local Daintree flora and fauna, and the exotic fruit
she grows at her farm.
Her paintings can be found at local Cape Trib venues such as the restaurant
Whet and the Cape Trib Campground pizza place.
Soldier crabs on Cowie Beach
Cassowarries crossing the road
The intimidating stare of a cassowary
In Daintree Village there is the timber
museum, with locally produced timber art and craft and furniture
In Cow Bay there is Floravilla
where local artist Betty Hinton displays her paintings of local flora
Specializing in Australian Flora and Fauna, Betty Hinton's
medium is watercolour on 100% cotton rag paper. Her botanical
illustration is always painted from a live specimen giving her
an intimacy with her subject. Very careful attention is given
to botanical detail and colour matching but artistic license is
applied to create a pleasing composition. Where possible fauna
is painted from field observation.
Betty has had 13 solo exhibitions at major centres in
eastern Australia, several commissions for 12 picture calendars,
book illustrations and book dust jackets. By invitation Betty
exhibited in conjunction with the Ellis Rowan Exhibition at the
Cairns Regional Gallery where her paintings were hung with works
by Robert Tucker and Sydney Parkinson. Parkinson was Capt Cooks
Recently Betty's illustration of Idiospermum which was
Dr. Shirley Sherwood was exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute,
Washington DC. The exhibition was labelled by the Smithsonian
as "Masterworks by the finest 20th Century artists".
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