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COUNTLESS hours, irreplaceable artworks and family heirlooms – Art Whitsunday was hit hard by Sunday night’s blaze.
Coordinator Linda Forrester got the call at 7pm, racing down to the complex.
“At that point we thought it was under control,” she said.
Things quickly escalated however, with the gallery completely destroyed.
Member Bonny Bombach was particularly impacted, with the gallery displaying her mother’s Holocaust artefacts.
“You can’t even insure against that,” president Lyndy Hill said.
Michelle An- drews was also heavily hit, with her business, SeaShell Photo Art, being based out of the shop.
“My whole business was in there,” she said.
“Even my 24-inch printer, it’s a big wide-format archive machine.”
Add to this countless artworks, the years of building resources and the TARTS display which had been put up the day before, and it’s easy to see why the group is reeling. A Go Fund Me page has established to support Michelle at gofundme.com/e9xjqs9h.
TAKING STOCK: Art Whitsundays' Michelle Andrews (SeaShell Photo Art), Bonny Bombach, Avril Ayling, Linda Forrester, Dot Smith, John Hill, Peter Jennings, Kerry Kenyong, Tony Ayling and Lyndy Hill discussing their next move the morning following the fire.