All aboard new art stu­dio space

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT - SAM SMALLBONE

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 c.well­ham@ex­em­plaron­line.com.au.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Cel­e­bra­tion: Art House pres­i­dent Ch­eryl Wel­ham is de­lighted with the new space

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