Archive for July, 2017

Coral Sea Dreaming Book Launch – Lennox Wave

Posted on Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Lennox Wave has written an article on the Coral Sea Dreaming Book Launch from last week.

“Kim and David believe their collaboration can act as a unique education tool for children and getting the next generation understanding the need for caring for the ocean environment.

As amazing as Kim’s art interpretations of the coral reef are, they sadly could be some of the last beautiful representations, if they continue to die and our children lose the opportunity to witness the wonderment of living, breathing, beautiful colourful coral reefs in the real world.

Kim and David will donate 35% of profits to the Ocean Ark Alliance’s educational outreach programs.”

Read the full article here.


Marine Mammal Forum: Sharing Scientific and Traditional Knowledge.

Posted on Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Would you like to learn more about the magnificent whales, dolphins and dugongs that inhabit Moreton Bay?

Traditional Owners and scientists will share their knowledge of marine mammals at next month’s free University of Queensland Moreton Bay Research Station Marine Mammal Forum: Sharing Scientific and Traditional Knowledge.

Kim will be there, holding a stall and giving a demonstration.

The event is open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Monday 31 July

Time: 9am-3pm

Location: UQ Moreton Bay Research Station, 37 Fraser Street, Dunwich

Find out more here.

Coral Sea Dreaming Book Launch – July 22

Posted on Monday, July 17th, 2017

Future of coral reefs in focus

Posted on Monday, July 17th, 2017

(From the Ballina Advocate – Wednesday, July 12, 2017 –

BALLINA artist and author Kim Michelle Toft has partnered with an underwater cinematographer to produce a book aimed at saving coral reefs.

Ms Toft first met David Hannan when she bought his video, Coral Sea Dreaming.

David’s works have been featured on the BBC, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel.

Shortly after their first meeting, David started collecting Kim’s silk illustrations featured in her award-winning children’s books.

Twenty years later and they have produced the book Coral Sea Dreaming: The Picture Book.

David and Kim share the belief that education is the key to the future of oceans and longevity of coral reefs around the world.

“The reef at night is teaming with energy and wildlife, all working together to create an amazing underwater masterpiece,” Kim said.

“However, coral reefs around the world are critically endangered.”

The book is aimed at pre-school to primary-age children. This is Kim’s 11th book, and is the product of her “life-long love of the ocean, my fascination with the incredible beauty and diversity of coral reefs and my admiration of David Hannan’s stunning underwater cinematography”.

All the illustrations in the book are hand-painted onto silk.

David has produced a series of two-minute videos of all the creatures in the book, which is available online at Ocean Channel.

The book will be launched at 2pm on July 22 in the Fenwick Room in the Ramada Hotel and Suites, Martin St, Ballina.

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