Grand open­ing for new art space

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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