Rachael Phillips gets her face painted by Fairy Antonia at the BRAG art market.
Rachael Phillips gets her face painted by Fairy Antonia at the BRAG art market. Mike Knott

Crowds rush to art market

ORGANISERS at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery's Sunday Art Markets yesterday knew they were in for a big day when 500 people turned up in the first half hour.

Gallery marketing officer Chloe Camilleri took a few minutes off from helping run the show yesterday to praise the success of the markets.

“It's just been fantastic,” she said.

“We couldn't have asked for better weather.”

Ms Camilleri said a record number of people attending the markets, with more than 1300 counted by yesterday afternoon.

“In the past couple of years we've had about 800 people,” she said.

“But we got nearly double that this year, it's been fantastic.”

Ms Camilleri said she put the increase down to the fact that word was getting out about the annual event.

“This is our third year, and each year it's got bigger and better,” she said.

The art market, held in the gallery and the park next to it, was bursting at the seams with attractions yesterday.

The event featured more than 50 stalls, food, drink, children's activities, entertainment and more.

Works spanned a range of artistic disciplines including paintings, jewellery, woodwork, leadlighting, pottery, portraits, doll crafts, floral art, dance-wear, soy-wax candles, quilting, textiles, silk hangings, quilting, knitted items, children's activities and more.

The event also featured art and craft demonstrations through the day so visitors could see the artistic talent and craftsmanship that went into creating many of the unique pieces that were up for grabs yesterday.

Ms Camilleri said the arts market was the gallery's biggest event of the year, and would definitely make its return next year.



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