Monte Lupo’s colourful creations full of surprise and happiness 

Independent bookshop and contemporary art gallery, Under the Greenwood Tree, on Tamborine Mountain has been proudly exhibiting Monte Lupo Art for over 20 years, with the most recent exhibition “Twilight Creatures” launched in late May.

The “Twilight Creatures” exhibition features large garden dwellers, wall shrines, beetle planters and small bugs, as well as paintings from internationally recognised artist, Peter Hughes.

Under the Greenwood Tree owner, Janene Gardner, says she looks forward to the annual exhibition every year.

“We know the theme in advance, but the arrival is always a much-anticipated surprise as we never know which pieces will be included,” Janene said.

“Monte Lupo Arts bold colours and quirky characters are just so different from anything else.

“I love seeing people viewing the pieces get an incredible amount of satisfaction and happiness from them.

Janene explains that it is always a journey for people viewing Monte Lupo Art for the first time.

“It starts with the initial love of the colours which clearly makes them happy and when I explain the Monte Lupo story where the artist’s work collaboratively to create every piece, it takes the experience to another dimension.

“I feel very lucky to be in association with Monte Lupo Arts for so many years and it is fabulous seeing the styles change over the years as each of the teachers have their own influence.”

Janene reflects fondly on previous exhibits as they have all been unique and successful, however she recalls two that have stood out.

“It’s just amazing what the Monte Lupo Arts team have created over the years, one year we did a ‘Characters from books’ theme which was just lovely and another year we had a food theme which featured tiny little cakes and boars’ heads on platters and other magnificent platters.

“I recall when Monte Lupo Arts had a shop at Garden City which stocked a lot of flat ware plates and platters,” she said.

Janene has had an extensive career managing galleries such as McWhirters Artspace in Fortitude Valley, Contemporary Art and Design Gallery in Woolloongabba, Marks and Gardner Gallery at Mount Tamborine, and seven years ago she extended her love of books at Under the Greenwood Tree.

“Twilight Creatures” will be on exhibition at Under the Greenwood Tree until 30 June 2022.

For more information about Monte Lupo Arts, visit the website today or visit Under the Greenwood Tree located at 92 Main Western Road, North Tamborine.

Caption: Bookshop dog, Pippi Longstocking, with a Monte Lupo sculpture of Pippi Longstocking as featured at the book character exhibition.


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