Chinese entrepreneur buys local art
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.