Time is ticking as Warwick artists search for permanent home
EXHIBITING her artwork for the first time was "kind of terrifying” for Warwick nurse Helen Willis, but the emerging artist was thrilled with the feedback she received.
A first-time exhibitor at Gallery 22's Christmas pop-up shop, Mrs Willis said realising there was a market for her unique button art was an amazing feeling.
"Three-dimensional mixed-media, I can't tell you what joy it brings me and if it goes out into the wider world that just makes me ecstatic,” she said.
She is one of a dozen Southern Downs artists who joined the collective in 2018 when a free space to make and exhibit their work became available on Palmerin St.
"Everyone got really excited and we started painting and getting ready to turn it into a gallery,” photographer Helen Robinson said.
"But then the building was sold while we were getting it ready.”
Despite the hiccup, the artists stuck together.
Photographer Helen Robinson said the group the "surprising” success of the pop-up shop had inspired the group to keep creating.
"honestly it was beyond our wildest dreams, the work was very impressive and there were lots of first-time artists showing,” she said.
"Now we're searching for another premises to call home.”
Mrs Robinson said the group was searching for a benefactor to donate a building.
"We are only a start-up and we need some help getting into a shopfront.”
To join the group or help out phone Evan Robinson on 0409 470 392.