Multi-award winning and Glover-nominated artist Elaine Green will use her art to help save the town which has provided so much inspiration.
Green loves a dramatic landscape and the more wind and clouds the better! So inspired was she on a brief holiday to Stanley, she upped sticks from NSW and now calls Stanley home.
She was smitten by the small but spectacular peninsula jutting into the wide expanse of Bass Strait, drawing constant inspiration from the dramatic landscape and ever-changing moods.
“Even when the weather is terrible it is beautiful.”
Never short on inspiration, Greene created a piece titled April depicting 30 days in Stanley during the 2020 north-west COVID lockdown.
“The world had changed, helicopters flew overhead and roadblocks were erected,” she said. “No tourists came for the Easter break, the shops were all shut, the chairlift sat silent, and the penguins not visited. But the wind still blew, the rain still fell, the sun still rose and set, the tide came in and out and the magnificence that is Stanley comforted my soul.”
Elaine Green’s comfort was a masterpiece and an ode to her love for Stanley. The piece was a finalist in the coveted Glover Awards last year, notching a ‘highly commended’ nomination for Elaine.
Stanley is now under threat from Sydney based developer Epuron, who plan to install 12 massive turbines on farmland near Highfield Historic Site, on the edge of the Stanley township. The turbines will tower over four stories taller than The Nut and will have a jarring impact on the stunning peninsula, detracting from vistas of The Nut, and industrialising this special landscape.
For Green the landscape just won’t be the same and she is concerned for the future of this peaceful corner of Tasmania. She feels very protective of Stanley.
“Birds and wildlife are in abundance,” she said. “Seagulls frolic freely in the sky above our garden, at night rabbits and wallabies roam the streets and little penguins march from the sea into the shelter of their burrows.”
“Surely there are more appropriate places in Tasmania to put turbines; you just wouldn’t put them on this stunning peninsula, right next to Tassie’s Top Tourist Town.”
Inspired to help fight the windfarm and to help protect the birds, Green has donated a new artwork to help raise funds to fight the Epuron proposal. Called Stanley’s Serenity the oil on linen is a piece capturing the rugged beauty of the Stanley Peninsula.
Now the public has chance to win this beautiful piece. Stanley’s Serenity is being raffled by Respect Stanley Peninsula – No Wind Turbines Inc. and funds raised will go towards paying for expert reports and advice to oppose the wind farm proposal.
Raffle tickets are $5 and can be purchased at https://respectstanley.info website or Facebook page of Respect Stanley Peninsula – No Wind Turbines Inc.
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