"Our Paradise" Exhibition 1-29 May

April 30, 2021

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. 




Our 2021 Program Is Up And Running!

January 8, 2021
Get your creativity on for 2021 and check out our workshops and courses on offer.
There's something for everyone; clay, glass, flow art, drawing, mosaics, watercolours and acrylics, printmaking, collage... and special events such as Kintsugi "The Art of Being Broken", a weekend Clay Sculpture Workshop, and a Recycled Materials Sculpture Course.
Discounts for DAB members on workshops and courses.
Membership is $30 for adults, $20 for pensioners and $15 for children under 18. 

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DAB Gallery End of Year Art Exhibition 14 November - 12 December 2020

October 30, 2020

It's almost time for our annual End of Year Art Exhibition! 

This event runs from Saturday 14 November until Saturday 12 December, and showcases a wide variety of quality work that has been created by local artists during the year.

Art on display includes a fabulous range of acrylic and watercolour paintings, botanical paintings, urban sketches, pottery, glass work, jewellery and mosaics.

Come in, grab some unique and affordable Christmas gifts, and support your local artists.

DAB Gallery is open...

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Semester 2, 2020 Program

July 8, 2020
The new program for Semester 2, 2020 is now available - find the link on this page.  We have lots of exciting classes, courses and workshops on offer. 

You will be pleased to hear that DAB has obtained funding to hold a weekend sculpture workshop on the 15 & 16 August this year, through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

 RADF is a partnership between Queensland Government  and Douglas Shire Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. 

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DAB has Re-Opened!

June 15, 2020
The DAB Gallery re-opened on Saturday 13 June.  Most Peer Groups have re-commenced, but if there are any queries please contact the relevant co-ordinator. 

We are currently preparing the Semester 2 Programme.  Included will be a 5 week Watercolour course with tutor Gail Shaw, and a ‘Paverpol’ sculpture weekend workshop with visiting tutor Rosemary Mare-Williams.  More details of these and the commencement of regular clay and glass classes will be posted and emailed out soon.

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COVID-19 Update

March 27, 2020

Hi to all DABsters

It is with regret that we wish to inform you that the Gallery will be closed until further notice, due to the Covid19 pandemic.

Therefore, all Workshops and Courses and Peer Groups will be postponed until further notice.

If you have artwork you would like to collect, please respond to this email to make arrangements. If you are attending the Gallery or Shed to collect your artwork, please respect the social distance and hygiene recommendations.

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Life amongst the Trees, Part 2 - Pottery and Mosaic Workshops

March 3, 2020
Everyone is invited to come along and enjoy the upcoming FREE workshops in pottery and mosaics. Both sessions are designed around creating material for the project that Sam Matthews is leading at Rex Smeal Park. The details are as follows;

Pop up Pottery Workshop – Saturday 7th March - 9.30am – 12.30
Life Amongst the Trees part 2 - POTTERY

DAB will be holding a FREE workshop on Saturday 7th of March to decorate ceramic leaves and insects.
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Art classes for 2020 have started

February 1, 2020
After our Christmas break, DAB is back in full swing.  Art classes have started again, and details of all classes can be found by following the links to the 2020 Semester 1 Program and Timetable on this website.

For the month of February we have our normal peer groups, with Printmaking & Collage on Monday, Working with Clay on Mondays and Saturdays, Botanical Painting on Tuesday, Creative Writing & Poetry on the last Tuesday of the month, CATS on Wednesday, Urban Sketching on Thursday, and Mos...
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End of Year Exhibition 2019

November 29, 2019
Come along and enjoy all the wonderful art work on display at DAB's annual End Of Year Exhibition.  This exhibition showcases art work produced from members throughout the year.  There is work produced from the various workshops and courses, and also a wide variety of work from members attending the regular pottery, mosaic, glass, printing, collage and painting groups. 

This exhibition is a great opportunity for you to get your Christmas gifts.   There is so much to choose from, and it all loc...
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It's time to start thinking of Christmas Gifts

November 4, 2019
Christmas is fast approaching.  If you are looking for something original and local, come along to the DAB Gallery.  There is a wide range of gift items, including many pottery and glass items, mosaics, paintings of all sorts, beautiful jewelry, cane baskets, macramé hangings, cards and much more.

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Feature Wall - “Somethin’ Fishy”

June 21, 2023

In between DAB's exhibitions we will be featuring the artwork of an individual artist, artists or an art group on the back Feature Wall in DAB's gallery.

"Somethin' Fishy" is now on display on the Feature Wall until Sunday 23 July.  This collection of artwork is a collaboration between Colin Price, Inger Rowe and Mandy Ryan.  It's a mix of quirky, unique and cleverly created fish-related artworks in a variety of mediums - pottery, mosaics, paintings (both watercolour & acrylics), printmaking with linocuts, mixed media and felting.

Pop into the gallery to have a look.

About The Artists

Colin Price lives in Mossman and joined DAB in 2016 when he enrolled for a Botanical Painting course.  He had never painted botanicals before, but had always admired it.  Colin is now an experienced botanical artist and has exhibited with the recent “Artistic Endeavour” exhibition organised by the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland.

Inger Rowe lives in Craiglie, Port Douglas and joined DAB in 2007.  Inger has participated in many DAB workshops and courses where she has gained valuable skills and knowledge in various art forms.  Consequently, Inger now works in a variety of mediums including painting (both watercolour & acrylics), botanical painting, printmaking, pottery & glass work.

Mandy Ryan lives in Mowbray, Port Douglas and joined DAB in 2015.  Mandy works in pottery, mosaics, glass work and felting and often combines several mediums into one artwork.

About The Theme

Fish are a fun, interesting and t(r)opical subject matter.  Whether you like to watch them, catch them or eat them – they are entertaining, exciting and tasty!

The idea for the “Somethin’ Fishy” wall came about late last year.  Colin was painting some amazing fish and sea creatures and Mandy created her first pottery fish wall plaques.  The idea grew, so with Inger’s printmaking and painting skills, it was quickly agreed that the trio would work on a collection of “fishy” works for the Feature Wall.


"Artful Abstraction"

May 5, 2023
DABs first exhibition for 2023, "Artful Abstraction", will be on display in the gallery for 4 weeks, from Saturday 6 May to Saturday 3 June.  The gallery is a riot of colour, with beautiful paintings, and wonderful ceramic and glass wares. 

Everyone is welcome to attend the official opening Friday 5 May at 6pm.  The exhibition will be opened by the well-known and very accomplished local artist, Gail Shaw.  

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