DAB Gallery is bursting with vibrant colour as our local artists portray what this part of the world means to them. DABsters have expressed themselves with paint, clay, glass, paper, their cameras, and even marine debris to create beautiful and often thought-provoking works of art. 

Many of the exhibition entries highlight the stunning beauty of our region's flora, fauna, landscapes and local landmarks. DAB's walls are covered with prints, paintings, photographs and sketches capturing landscapes and scenes from Four Mile Beach and Mossman Gorge, native fauna such as the cassowary and other birds, marine creatures, insect life, rainforest scenes and local landmarks including the Mossman Mill, Ramada Resort and St Crispin's Café.  

Botanical drawings and watercolours provide a close-up look at the intricate detail of plants including heliconia flowers, fungi, coconut seed pods, the native tamarind and other indigenous species. 

Exhibitors have also been busy with clay and glass, creating unique, colourful and quirky ceramics and sculptures of lily pads, birds, abstract tropical creatures, mangroves, shells and even a mermaid. The palette of sunlight, sea and rainforest is captured on plates, bowls and decorative pieces in glass and clay. 

Some of our artists show that all is not well in paradise, creating works that remind us that we are inhabitants of a fragile and vulnerable land. Victoria Park's "Plastic Paradise" is constructed of marine debris including ghost net, rope and fishing line that traps and kills countless sea creatures. Sue Berthelsen's watercolour and collage "There was no one left to hear the last tree fall" is a sober reminder of the impact of deforestation on people and place; and "Outside of the Box – Fragile Paradise" by Moo (Sam Matthews) is a set of boxes and pyramids with intricately drawn insect and plant life with the reminder to be "informed by science, wary of opinion [and to choose] action not reaction". 

We would love to see locals and visitors at our exhibition which runs 1-29 May. It's a great opportunity to experience the artistic talent and creativity of our new and experienced artists, and to perhaps purchase a unique artwork for your home or as a gift. 

Entry to the exhibition is by gold coin donation. 

DAB Gallery is open 10 am – 2 pm Monday to Saturday at 11 Mill Street, Mossman.