Main Street Gallery

Noela Mills


BEd Dip. Teaching Dip. Art & Design. Lives in Maleny Queensland

2010 Feature artist January – Maleny Arts Retreat, Maleny.

1995 – 2010

Solo exhibitions include ‘Simple Gestures’ Maleny ‘The Art of Sumi-e’ Montville ‘Not Just a Pretty Line’ Maleny ‘The Sound of Line The Taste of Texture’ Noosa Regional Gallery

2 man exhibitions include ‘2 in 1’ Chinchilla, Brisbane, Wangaratta, Caloundra, Darwin, ‘Wabi Sabi’ Maleny Artworks.

Group Exhibitions include Main Street Gallery Montville, The Studio 4 and Gallery Marcoola, The Language of Art, The Jewellery and Art Gallery Noosa 2010, International Collage Exchange, New Plymouth NZ 2010 ‘Sculpture on the Edge’ Montville 2010 ‘ALaW’ blogsite posts 2010 ‘Art in all its Excellence’ Grafton ‘Artsfest’ 2010 ‘Hands’ Tatebayashi Japan ‘Water from the Moon’ Brisbane City Library 2009 Noosa RG Travelling Scholarship X 2 various NRG and Maleny Artworks exhibitions St George Art Awards Maleny Caloundra Art & Craft Awards ‘Up Over Down Under’ touring ATASDA exhibitions Narrabri Cotton Fibre Expo ‘Contexture and Connections’ Darwin ‘The Colour of Night’ and ‘Insects’ Fairfield City Gallery ‘Exposure’ Tamworth Miniature Textiles National Beechworth Fusions Gallery Brisbane ‘Momento’ Awards Brisbane.

Adult Tutoring includes McGregor Summer & Winter Schools, Grafton ‘Artsfests’ ‘Textile Fibre Forums’ ATASDA Folk Festivals Japan, community groups and many other regional workshops throughout Australia.

Graphic Design & photographic projects and commissions include business cards, magazine layouts, brochures, posters, weddings, A3 map of the businesses in the town of Maleny, large ‘pojagi’ screen for new Maleny home.

Art and Design Secondary School teacher (1970 – 1995) Victorian and Queensland schools.

Artist in Residence Mulgara Gallery, Uluru NT various secondary and primary schools.

Awards include several St George Maleny Art Awards, overall winner St George Maleny Art Award Flying Arts Exhibition winner, Caloundra, Art & Crafts Festival awards state winner National Billy Can Competition, finalist in ‘Momento’ awards and various Victorian regional art awards.


2010 RADF grant from Caloundra City Council to attend Dorothy Caldwell’s master class ‘Markmaking’

2009 Australia-Japan Foundation grant to teach present & exhibit in Japan

2007 RADF grant from Caloundra City Council to establish major travelling exhibition

1996 Cultural Grant from Caloundra City Council to attend as A.I.R Ayers Rock Resort.


Five major articles in Textile Fibre Forums, Craft Arts, photos in Textile Fibre Forum, Craft Arts, Pottery in Australia, calligraphy journal and regular articles in regional and local newspapers.

Represented in private, corporate and government collections in Australia and overseas including State Library QLD and Monash University Victoria, and by Art on Cairncross Maleny, Maleny Arts Retreat, and Main Street Gallery, Montville.

I love working with abstract ideas and images based on landscape ancient culture and elements of design especially line and texture. I try to translate the essence of the inspiration onto canvas or into jewellery. My working materials are often discarded objects which have their own history and contribute energy to the art work. They are simple, honest and noble elements which reflect the ‘wabi sabi’ philosophy of Zen Buddhism. The work evolves further as viewers add their own interpretations to the pieces, forging links between myself, the objects, viewers, and the eternal creative energy source.

Noela Mills, December, 2010


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