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Art in the park celebrates 65 years with huge outdoor exhibition

Suzanne AstonBusselton Dunsborough Times
Art in the Park celebrated 65 years last weekend.
Camera IconArt in the Park celebrated 65 years last weekend. Credit: Suzanne Aston

Art in the Park celebrated 65 years last weekend, making it the longest running exhibition of its kind in WA.

This year the exhibition ran for four days as part of the Festival of Busselton, and included work from Busselton Woodturners Group, Busselton Pottery Group and Busselton Photography Club.

The event included art demonstrations, a quick draw contest and a variety of children’s activities.

All artwork except for the photography was for sale.

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Mayor Phill Cronin, with his chosen painting "Natures Twilights" by Nicola Clements
Camera IconMayor Phill Cronin, with his chosen painting "Natures Twilights" by Nicola Clements Credit: Supplied

Busselton mayor Phill Cronin presented an award to one of the many artists exhibiting their work.

After a thorough look around, Natures Twilights, a painting by Nicola Clements was selected as the Mayor’s Choice Award.

“It was a tough decision, as there are so many great pieces,” Mr Cronin said.

Busselton Art Society was formed in April 1959, and less than a year later held its first exhibition in Mitchell Park in January 1960.

This first event proved so popular with the community that the ‘Art in the Park’ exhibition has continued annually.

Gail and John Larkin admiring the exhibition
Camera IconGail and John Larkin admiring the exhibition Credit: Suzanne Aston

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