Harrisons adds a touch of art to Port dining experience
HARRISONS restaurant in Port Douglas is dedicating a permanent gallery to showcase the many talented artists in the region.
Owners Di Lisle-Williams and Spencer Patrick decided to create the art gallery for local artists after the success of their first cocktail party which exhibited artworks in 2009.
“When we moved Harrisons to the new location we held our first cocktail party and exhibited three works from Jai, Cara Stevens and Andrew Kalda who is a photographer,” Ms LisleWilliams said.
“The art sold well so we continued the idea with following cocktail parties, it just naturally fell into place when we realised we could make a gallery in the small building on the left side of Harrisons.”
Last year the pair hosted three successful cocktail parties and confirmed that will continue to display local artwork and launch the cocktail parties every three months, introducing new talent.
“I am working with artists Jill Chism and Lenore Howard as they are well known in the art world and we work out which artists to put together at the exhibition, the work has to be complimentary,” Ms Lisle Williams said.
“We are working with established artists who have held some exhibitions in the past, so they all have a reputable background.”
Harry’s Art House is currently displaying paintings from Lenore Howard, Roland Nancarrow and Samuel Tupou, a young artist based in Cairns.
“All works are for sale and all proceeds are paid directly to artists, Harrison’s does not receive commission, the exhibition space is offered as a service to the community,” Ms Lisle-Williams said.
Putting art into eating: Di Lisle-Williams and Sam Tapuo