The "Destination Paradise" art exhibition opened in Port Douglas last night. Suspended over gently lapping water on the Old Sugar Terminal Wharf, the show hosted a couple hundred guests on a languid tropical evening.

"Destination Paradise" was curated by Sarah Goldfinch (Goldfinch Communications) on behalf of the Go Troppo Port Douglas Arts Festival and runs until October 31, 2010. The exhibition showcases the work of 20 local artists from Far North Queensland and features paintings in all genres, textile works, fashion, jewellery, photography, mixed media, sculpture and woodwork.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Michael Gabour of Radio 107.1 FM Port Douglas.

The opening night attracted an eclectic mix of 'old' Port Douglas locals, 'new' locals ... and visitors to the region. It was a great night to catch up with old friends, make new ones ... and, for me, relax a bit and 'have a life' after a pretty solid month of getting my submission finished and ready for show.

During the course of the evening, several paintings were sold and a number are subject to consideration by qualified purchasers. I suspect, by the end of the week, there will be a substantial number of red dots on the walls.

The central flavour for the Port Douglas Arts Festival is one of renewal and abundance ... concepts which are undoubtedly connected with art ... and artists. The festival is staged in late October to coincide with the beginning of the monsoonal wet season ... the timing and weather considerations are 'risky', but that too, is a concept with which the art world is well acquainted.

"Destination Paradise" is the signature event for the Go Troppo festival and, as such, is the opener for the week of art shows, workshops and other activities. There is also a charity art auction staged during the festival.