ARTISTS are using a vacant retail space in Clarkson as a temporary gallery to showcase their creative work.
Following the success of last year’s pop-up gallery, North Coast Art Club has again turned an empty shopfront in Ocean Keys shopping centre into an exhibition space.
Members are using the space to exhibit and sell art until April 1, and committee member Pam Gleisinger said almost every artist who displayed last year sold at least one piece.
Ms Gleisinger said the success also led to the club welcoming 15 more members.
“The community completely embraced us and our work, we were overwhelmed that there was so much interest and support,” she said.
“For many members, it was the first time they had ever shown work publicly and to have such a positive response, both in feedback and sales, was a big confidence-booster for them.”
More than 60 pieces by 26 local artists are on display over this seven-week period, ranging from acrylic and oil on canvas, watercolors and sketches to prints and sculptures.
Every item displayed is for sale, with prices ranging from $30 to $500.
Ms Gleisinger said the pop-up gallery was the club’s first public exhibition for 2017, with artists aged between 30 and 70, all with varying levels of experience, taking part.
“We’ve had a few shoppers popping in to tell us how glad they are the gallery space is back and that they don’t usually get the chance to go to exhibitions,” she said.
“We’re bringing the art to them and they are bringing an audience to us.”
Located near Red Dot, the pop-up gallery is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm and from 10am to 7.30pm on Thursdays.