All aboard new art studio space
LOCAL artists now have their own station to unleash their creative talents.
Businessman John Morris has donated space at the Bally Hooley train platform at the marina to Art House Port Douglas to enable local artists to create and display their works.
The not-for-profit organisation has been struggling for funding and support, with president Cheryl Welham thrilled to open the studio next week as a service to local artists.
“We are proud to announce the grand opening of The Station Studio on Wednesday and hope that members of the community will come down and have a look at what we have created,” she said.
The artists hope to use the studio to sell and display their work, provide community art lessons, network socially with other art galleries and host “en plein air” events - in open air painting.
“There are a lot of artists up here in Port Douglas and this is a way of bringing them together in a community-based environment,” Ms Welham said.
“We are a very social group and we are planning to organise fun activities such as trivia nights, excursions to other galleries, monthly sundown drinks at the Yacht Club, open air painting events and much more.”
The group also hope to offer painting, music, fabric, literary sessions, photograph and other social events to the community in coming months.
The Station Studio will be open every Sunday and will be run by volunteers displaying the work from local artists such as Inger Rowe and John Cooper.
“We are calling for members of the community to express their interest at the grand opening on Sunday or contact us with what services they would like to come from the studio,” Ms Wellham said.
“We are also searching for any retired art teachers who would like to donate their time to teach members of the community.”
The Art House Port Douglas Incorporated memberships costs $20 for the year.
Members of the community are invited to celebrate the grand opening at the Station Studio on the Balley Hooley Platform on May 4 from 6pm.
For more information contact Cheryl Wellham on 0417 951 897 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebration: Art House president Cheryl Welham is delighted with the new space