Har­risons adds a touch of art to Port din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALL­BONE

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.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

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