In­dige­nous artists get fi­nan­cial boost

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

An in­dige­nous art group’s Kar­ratha city shopfront has smashed sales records, pro­vid­ing a timely fi­nan­cial boost to its artists ahead of Christ­mas.

Roe­bourne Art Group held a heav­ily dis­counted two-day sale at Pelago East where they broke their pre­vi­ous sales records by the af­ter­noon of the first day.

RAG chief ex­ec­u­tive Rex Wider­strom ad­mit­ted the vol­ume of high-end sales had sur­prised him.

“There have been a lot of peo­ple walk­ing away with thou­sands of dol­lars’ worth of art, which has been grat­i­fy­ing,” he said.

“In our first day here we sold more than we sold in a twoweek ex­hi­bi­tion hang­ing in Perth.

“I think the fact (Pelago) is more ac­ces­si­ble than (Roe­bourne) has cer­tainly helped.”

RAG man­ager Loreen Sam­son said be­ing able to share the sto­ries in their art­work with a wider au­di­ence was an achieve­ment.

“It was good to bring it to Kar­ratha’s doorstep to show ev­ery­one what is out there, share our cul­ture and why we do our art­works,” she said.

“I think it opened the eyes of non-in­dige­nous peo­ple who can come and share the sto­ries of our peo­ple.”

Buy­ers on Satur­day got an ex­tra bonus, with el­ders Pansy Hicks and Vi­o­let Sam­son sign­ing their art­works, a rare prac­tise in in­dige­nous art which Mr Wider­strom said would add to their value.

Zaun­mayr Pic­ture: Tom

Roe­bourne Art Group man­ager Loreen Sam­son and chief ex­ec­u­tive Rex Wider­strom.

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