High flying art

THE Holmes Prize for Excellence in Realistic Australian Bird Art is back to wow Sunshine Coast art lovers with 35 exquisite artworks from bird artists all over Australia. It is currently on display at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in Maleny until December 12.

In 2015, Dr Gary Holmes, a keen collector of realistic bird art, accidentally unveiled a niche in realistic bird art in Australia.

World-renowned Australian bird artists were competing in bird art competitions globally, yet there was nothing in their own back yard. Dr Holmes and his wife Dr Margaret Anderson set about addressing the void and they haven’t looked back since.

Fully funded by the Holmes family with a total of $20,000 up for grabs, the competition attracts artists of international repute, including some local Queenslanders.

The exhibition is open seven days a week from 9.30am-4pm.

You can cast your vote for the $1,000 People’s Choice award and your entry will also go into a prize draw.

Voting forms are available at the exhibition or via the Holmes Art Prize Facebook page