Plim­mer­ton gallery’s bat­tle

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

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.

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