New Christ­mas ex­hi­bi­tion in Air­lie

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

ART Whit­sun­day Gallery re­cently opened its doors to a unique ex­hi­bi­tion, Bizarre Christ­mas Bazaar, which show­cases the lat­est art and craft works of some of the re­gion’s most ta­lented artists.

The new dis­play was setup by ex­hi­bi­tion co-or­di­na­tor Belinda Curry and Linda For­rester on a tres­tle ta­ble cov­ered in fab­rics to re­sem­ble a mar­ket stall in the cen­tre of the room.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is the first of its kind in the gallery and fea­tures beau­ti­ful acrylic paint­ings, coast­ers, greet­ing cards, an­tique note­books, book­marks, sculp­tures, ce­ramic Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions, artist books, fes­tive reefs, tex­tiles and much more.

Ms Curry said the ex­hi­bi­tion en­cour­aged artists to clean out their work­shops and find a new way to ex­press their cre­ativ­ity in the fes­tive sea­son.

“We just wanted to cre­ate af­ford­able Christ­mas gifts that would be per­fect for peo­ple to place un­der their Christ- mas tree or to send to fam­ily mem­bers in­ter­state or over­seas,” she said.

“The Aus­tralian themed photographs are great presents or keep­sakes for tourists vis­it­ing Aus­tralia.”

Whit­sun­day artist Penny Ro­gan said the Bizarre Christ­mas Bazaar was a won­der­ful idea and an ef­fec­tive way of show­cas­ing smaller nov­elty Christ­mas gifts.

The Art Whit­sun­day Gallery also com­pleted its monthly ro­ta­tion on Tues­day and has a fresh range of new paint­ings, photographs, sculp­tures and other art­works on dis­play.

The cap­ti­vat­ing acrylic paint­ings by Bob Gam­mage will also re­main on dis­play in the gallery un­til af­ter Christ­mas.

His sig­na­ture works were painted live dur­ing the Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

Mem­bers’ meet­ings are held at the gallery on the first Sun­day of ev­ery month at 2pm and new mem­bers are wel­come to at­tend.

GREAT GIFTS: Whit­sun­day artist Penny Ro­gan shows off some of the beau­ti­ful art and crafts on dis­play at the mar­ket style stall in the Art Whit­sun­day Gallery, be­hind McDon­ald's in the main street of Air­lie Beach.

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