Chi­nese en­tre­pre­neur buys lo­cal art

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A NEW sup­porter of lo­cal art has landed in town – the pres­i­dent of the China Aus­tralia En­trepreneurs As­so­ci­a­tion Inc (CAEAI) Mr Ray­mond Wang.

As well as lodg­ing his $5bil­lion casino bid, Mr Wang has been busy fur­nish­ing his new Cannonvale home. Two weeks ago he came across the re­cently re-lo­cated Art Whit­sun­day gallery which had just opened in its new lo­ca­tion be­side Tar­get in the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Art Whit­sun­day mem­ber Peter Jen­nings was vol­un­teer­ing in the gallery when Mr Wang and his en­tourage came in.

Af­ter look­ing around he gallery, Mr Wang selected nine pieces of lo­cal art val­ued at more than $2000.

“He took a very wide choice, ac­tu­ally across the board, of paint­ings and pho­to­graphs and some of the paint­ings he bought were very tra­di­tional,” Mr Jen­nings said.

Mr Wang re­turned to the gallery last Fri­day and Satur­day and selected a fur­ther eight pieces of work, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of art­works pur­chased to 17.

Through his in­ter­preter, David Ni, he said he liked the lo­cal na­ture of the works and was par­tic­u­larly in­spired by the pho­to­graphs de­pict­ing lo­cal wildlife and scenery.

Art Whit­sun­day pres­i­dent Linda For­rester said the sales were a real boost for the gallery and its con­tribut­ing mem­bers.

“And I think that goes for ev­ery­body, not just the ones that sold,” she said.

“Mem­bers of Art Whit­sun­day re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the ini­tial boost that Mr Wang’s pur­chases have had on the gallery in its new lo­ca­tion. We have also been re­ally en­cour­aged by the many lo­cal art en­thu­si­asts who have vis­ited and pur­chased art­works dur­ing the first few weeks that we have been open.”

ART AP­PRE­CI­A­TION: China Aus­tralia En­trepreneurs As­so­ci­a­tion Inc pres­i­dent Ray­mond Wang (cen­tre right) has pur­chased a num­ber of art­works from the Cannonvale gallery, in­clud­ing this paint­ing by lo­cal artist Joe Faust. He is pic­tured here with Art Whit­sun­day pres­i­dent Linda For­rester (cen­tre left) and fel­low CAEAI rep­re­sen­ta­tives Do­minic Cle­mente, David Ni, Lee Cata­nia, Tony Lau­rent, Ella Lee and Si­mon Phang.

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