Plimmerton gallery’s battle
APlimmerton art gallery needs funding to remain open, says owner Michael Bennington. Mr Bennington held a fundraising evening in conjunction with the opening of the gallery’s latest exhibition on Friday.
‘‘The idea is hopefully we can keep this alive,’’ he said.
Mr Bennington opened the Emerging Light art gallery in November.
‘‘When I saw the space it was always what I wanted to do. It was always a bit of a dream.’’
The architect had been sharing the space with a kitchen designer, but when she left, Mr Bennington jumped at the opportunity.
He said the community had really embraced the gallery and gift shop.
However, Mr Bennington said it was hard to cover the rent with his architecture business.
He said the gallery played an important role in the community for residents and local artists.
‘‘I’ve been really amazed at how many local Plimmerton artists have come out of the woodwork.’’
Artist Nadine Clement was the first person to showcase her work in Mr Bennington’s gallery last November.
She said it had been important in establishing her career as an artist and had already helped her sell a few pieces.
The gallery is currently showing the exhibition Contrasts.
Mr Bennington said monochrome, black and white and two-colour pieces were displayed in the exhibition.
Art lover: Emerging Light gallery owner Michael Bennington says he needs funding to cover the costs of the gallery.