Helen Wiltshire Gallery
Amongst the lush rainforest of Tropical North Queensland lives a small pocket of beauty, the coastal town of Mission Beach. Bordering the Great Barrier Reef, this world Heritage listed location is truly a place of significance for more than one reason.
It’s captivating flora and fauna was the soul inspiration of renowned artist, Helen Wiltshire. She was able to capture the untouched, pristine beauty of Far North Queensland like no other with her extensive knowledge of its scenery. Charmed by this tropical utopia, Helen immersed herself in the world of art, expressing her love for the reef, rainforest and birdlife of North Queensland within bold, richly coloured paintings and prints. Emerging as an artist in the late 1970’s, Helen’s artwork quickly became internationally recognised for its unique style and interpretation of the tropics, being exhibited widely across Australia and also in Japan and the USA.
The Helen Wiltshire Gallery is an icon of Mission Beach, it began as ‘The Bingil Bay Gallery’ in 1980 at Helens family home nestled in the rainforest across from the beach at Bingil Bay and expanded to open in Wongaling Beach and then Mission Beach Village as ‘The Helen Wiltshire Gallery’. Helen had successful galleries in Cairns, Hamilton Island, Port Douglas and Palm Cove. Through her galleries Helen was able to showcase her own work and also foster the lifestyle and careers of many local artists living in the area. In doing so Helen played a great role in enriching the arts culture and history of Mission Beach and it’s tropical islands as a haven for artists.
[read more=’Read more…’ less=’Read less…’]Today the Helen Wiltshire Gallery is located in Mission Beach where a range of Helens prints and originals are available for purchase. With a career as an artist, which spanned more than thirty years, there is a great body of work to showcase. Occasionally an original piece will become available, you can sign up to the gallery mailing list to be notified and to keep up with what is happening in the gallery. Alongside Helen’s work is a collection of other attributed Australian artists. Dianna Crooke showcases the Far North Queensland lifestyle, inspired by her father Ray Crooke and her upbringing in a Torres Straight Island community. Her collection of prints and originals show snapshots of Island culture and the peaceful simplicity of their everyday life. Paintings by local artists Sue Pullman, Jenn Payne, Ed Koumans, Eddie Argall and of course the bold, richly coloured and textured paintings by Helens son Ben Wiltshire. A range of sculptures and pottery can also be found amongst the artwork of Helen’s Gallery. Michael Pugh’s stunning pottery with the distinctive blues and aqua and tropical motifs. Marble sculptures by Foote Young, striking glass art by Deanna Conti, Laszlo Biro and Sue Taylor. The gallery is also well known for its beautiful range of handmade jewellery, local jewellers Liz Gallie and Susan Kirk whose individual styles are much adored by locals and visitors alike.
The Helen Wiltshire Designs Jewellery range with its feature Pelican necklaces and coastal theme. The gallery also stocks Pele Jewellery from Port Douglas and the exotic Seriously Designed range of crocheted statement pieces as well as the must have Tiina Alexander pearl range. To complement any tropical style the gallery has a wonderful range of soft furnishings and homewares, great gifts and cards and books from local authors Amanda Wiltshire and Matilda Bishop. Postage and delivery can be arranged through the gallery shop or by contacting the gallery here.[/read]