Empty Clarkson retail space turned into pop up art gallery


North Coast Art Club members Jenny Ellis-Newman, Marilyn Boast and Pam Gleisinger. Picture: Martin Kennealey d451694
North Coast Art Club members Jenny Ellis-Newman, Marilyn Boast and Pam Gleisinger. Picture: Martin Kennealey d451694

A VACANT retail spacebecame a pop up art gallery in Clarkson this month, with up to 40 works by local artists displayed.

North Coast Art Club’s 27 artists exhibited at Ocean Keys Shopping Centre, turning an unused shopfront into a creative space to showcase and sell their art.

Club committee member Pam Gleisinger said the pop up gallery was a way to provide exposure to the artists without gallery fees and commissions.

“The club has one exhibition a year at the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre and members exhibit individually when they get the opportunity,” she said.

“The more chances for artists to formally display to prospective buyers and sell their pieces the better.

“This pop up is offering them a chance to share their work with a variety of people, providing longer to display than they would normally receive in a traditional exhibition or gallery.”

Artists, aged between 30 and 70, all with varying levels of experience and from diverse backgrounds, took part in the pop up gallery.

The majority of the pieces displayed were acrylic on canvas, but there were also oil on canvas, sketches and sculptures exhibited, and prices ranged from $30 to $500.

Centre manager Karen Draper said the pop up gallery was a way to support creative people in the community.

“It’s an opportunity to showcase our talented artists and present the work they do to a broad range of people,” she said.

The gallery opened on March 19, and was updated regularly with different works.