Grand opening for new art space
ART Whitsunday members now have a new, bright and hopefully popular public exhibition space, which opened to the community last week.
For the past two-and-ahalf years, the group’s members have been exhibiting from the old Post Office building in the Magnums courtyard at Airlie Beach, but last week, they officially opened the doors at their new home near Target at the Whitsunday Shopping Centre.
Centre manager Theresa Manning said in conjunction with Ray White Whitsunday, she was pleased to be able to offer the space.
“We thought this was an excellent opportunity – they’re a volunteer organisation looking for a place to show their beautiful art and we thought this was a great place to do it – we wish them all the best,” she said.
Art Whitsunday president Linda Forrester said she was thrilled with the turnout of almost 100 people at last Thursday’s grand opening event.
She thanked the team at the shopping centre, Joanne Moynihan from Ray White and all of Art Whitsunday’s members, for making the new venue a success.
“Without our members and the teamwork, none of this would happen,” she said.
Local residents Katherine Bowers and Roslyn Booth were among those who took the time to visit the gallery and both said they were impressed.
“I’m a graphic artist but I don’t have any juices left for fine art so I’ve come here to get inspired,” Ms Bowers said.
“I like it, I think it’s great and in this location it’ll hopefully get a lot more traffic,” she said.
Thursday’s opening function featured an exhibition by local artist Tony Warfe, whose paintings will be on display for the remainder of the month and are available to buy.
Ms Forrester said on the first Monday of every month the exhibition would change, to showcase a different member of the group.
OPENING NIGHT: Art Whitsunday artist Tony Warfe beside a black and white photograph donated to the new Cannonvale gallery, which opened last Thursday night.