Courthouse gallery volunteer Robert Hayes displays Pat Worsley’s painting Fiesta, which is for sale at the next gallery exhibition.
Courthouse gallery volunteer Robert Hayes displays Pat Worsley’s painting Fiesta, which is for sale at the next gallery exhibition. Scott Thompson Bunar

Interesting art up for sale

ART aficionados will have the chance to pick up a swag of post-Christmas bargains when a unique exhibition opens at the Gin Gin Regional Courthouse Gallery in the new year.

The gallery will be presenting an "Art Sale" exhibition where the public can come and purchase items that catch their eye at a very reduced price for the entire month of January.

Local artists from Gin Gin, Bundaberg, Biggenden, Childers, and around the region have contributed a vast selection of acrylic paintings, watercolour pencil, mixed media, watercolour, pastel, coloured charcoal, oil and perhaps some clay sculptures.

Gallery director Marsha Johnson said the goal of the exhibition was to provide art to people at a discounted price.

"It's basically just to help the public who would like to buy some art but find they don't have the right amount of money," she said.

"This way, the gallery is forfeiting 10% and the artist has reduced their price considerably. There's some art for as low as $10 so there's going to be something for everybody there."

Mrs Johnson said she had already received a handful of items to sell.

"So far I have about 70-odd pieces and there's still more to come," she said.

While it might seem hard for artists to part with their work, Mrs Johnson said it was good to do some spring cleaning from time to time.

"Every artist, I think, would rather it go to a good home than have it sit in their studio or in their cupboard," she said. "Some artists will paint over an artwork, just re-use an artwork and paint over a canvas and re-use a

previous artwork, but if they can pass it on they'd rather do that. This is an opportunity to pass the artwork and still get something for your time and effort."

The Art Sale exhibition runs from Tuesday, January 3 to Tuesday, January 31.

Admission to the exhibition is free but donations are greatly appreciated.



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