Hub of talent at Smart Arts
ONE of the Whitsundays’ most popular artists has now become more accessible to the community through the opening of a new venture titled Smart Arts.
Having a public shopfront will allow Suzi Hancock to service her rapidly growing student base with an art class space that will also double as a gallery and much-needed local stockist of art supplies.
Located on the corner of Shute Harbour Road and Stewart Drive in the Cannonvale Markets, Smart Arts, which officially opened on Friday night, first started as a concept just eight weeks ago.
Having decided to expand beyond teaching at home, Ms Hancock went looking for a space with good light and an approachable feel and she also came up with the Smart Arts name.
“It’s fun and that’s what art should be,” she said.
Whitsunday mayor Jennifer Whitney, who attended Friday’s opening celebrations, said with the imminent closure of the Art Whitsunday gallery in Airlie Beach, Smart Arts had come at “absolutely the right time”.
“This, I believe, is a great drawcard to our region in having this business here, showcasing the talents and also encouraging the youth of our area,” she said.
Ms Hancock said she hoped Smart Arts would bring all the budding artists in the community out.
“There’s so many artistic people here and there’s so many people that think they can’t do it and I want to show them that they can,” she said.
Smart Arts will be open during regular business hours from Monday to Saturday, with night classes available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30-9.30pm. For more information or to book a class, phone 4946 6705.
ALL ABOUT ART: Mayor Jennifer Whitney congratulated Suzi Hancock on her new venture Smart Arts at the official opening on Friday night.