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Ka­naris said it could take some do­ing to get the art­work to Fre­man­tle and plan­ning an ex­hi­bi­tion could start as much as two years in ad­vance.

“It can be a bit risky, be­cause the way I work is that I only show artists work that ap­peals to me, so I need to trust my ‘eye’ as I choose aes­thet­i­cally, rather than who the artist is and how well they are known,” she said.

“Where pos­si­ble, once I have the go ahead on an ex­hi­bi­tion I make ev­ery at­tempt to visit the art cen­tre to make the per­sonal selec­tion, but if the com­mu­nity is too re­mote I se­lect via im­ages and the art is then freighted to us.

“Mostly we work with acrylics and the paint­ings are sent rolled, but our most re­cent ex­hi­bi­tion was barks and lar­rak­itj (poles) and was the ‘heav­i­est’ ex­hi­bi­tion we have re­ceived.

“Just the lar­rak­itj weighed between 15-25kg and over 20 barks were sent pack­aged.”

The gallery’s work was recog­nised this year with a Fre­man­tle Busi­ness Award in the Out­stand­ing Cul­tural Enterprise cat­e­gory.

Ka­naris said she wanted to do her part to bridge the gap between metropoli­tan Perth and some of the state’s most re­mote artists.

“We very strongly be­lieve that mak­ing cul­tural con­nec­tions is so im­por­tant, and that many in­dige­nous artists paint not just be­cause that is their pro­fes­sion but be­cause they want the non-in­dige­nous world to learn about their cul­ture and sto­ries,” she said.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell­mu­ni­ d471543

Anna Ka­naris at Ar­titja Fine Art.

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