Hub of tal­ent at Smart Arts

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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