Club celebrates 60 years

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
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Busselton Arts Society's Marie Wilkinson with her classes scarecrow, Lesley Curtis, Joan Kent, Marilyn Bowden and Bill MCpherson show off their exhibiting works for Art in the Parks 60th anniversary
Camera IconBusselton Arts Society's Marie Wilkinson with her classes scarecrow, Lesley Curtis, Joan Kent, Marilyn Bowden and Bill MCpherson show off their exhibiting works for Art in the Parks 60th anniversary Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee/Jackson Lavell-Lee

The Busselton Arts Society is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and its 55th Art in the Park exhibition from January 25-27 at Mitchell Park in Busselton from 9am-4.15pm.

Entry is free.

The official opening and awards ceremony for best pieces will be conducted by original member Crystal Breeden on Friday, January 25 at 12.30pm with master of ceremonies Ian Stubbs.

Breeden will present a special 60th anniversary award on the theme “yesteryear”. Busselton Arts Society president Dee Credaro said the society had more than 100 members, 35 of whom would be exhibiting and more than 300 pieces would be up for auction.

“We were established in 1959, three years before I was born, and the exhibition has been held in that park ever since 1964,” she said.

City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley said it was an exciting year for the society, reaching its 60th anniversary.

“I would like to congratulate all those involved, not only for reaching such a milestone, but for also celebrating 55 years of the annual Art in the Park event,” he said. “It takes an incredibly driven and tight group to consistently put on such a high-quality exhibition.

“I wish them the very best for another successful exhibition.”

Credaro herself will be exhibiting works from pastels, porcelain and oils to wood burn and watercolours.

“It’s our biggest fundraiser for the year — we’re a not-for-profit organisation and this keeps us going,” Credaro said. “We have pieces on sale for anything from $15-$1000.

“The average is around $200.

“The commission comes back to the arts society so the artist is paid (expenses are covered) and they feel as if they’ve achieved something.”

The inclusive event is aimed at children and adults alike, with belly dancers performing on Saturday afternoon and attractions such as a kids’ art corner, live music, wood turners, pottery, artist demonstrations and workshops.

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