Park event helps local art thrive

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Sarah IsonBusselton Dunsborough Times

Art in the Park returns next weekend, exhibiting mixed-media works by regional artists in the heart of town and giving residents the chance to support the art community by buying original pieces.

Running over three days, the open-air exhibition aims to give passersby and avid art-lovers alike the chance to view the most recent works by members of the Busselton Art Society.

Entry to the event is free but all the displayed artwork will be for sale.

Prize-winning artist Richard Mothersole said the event was a high point for him, not only to sell art but to engage with the public.

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“The exhibition is a really good chance for people to buy original artwork,” he said.

“You might not be going home with a Van Gogh, but you’ll still have an original, which is so different to just buying a print, for example.”

Artist Denny Sanbrook said while market depression had forced her to drive the price of her work down, she still painted as often as she could and looked to sell her pieces for just enough to buy back the materials.

“The exhibition is spectacular and the prices are equally spectacular,” she said.

“I hope people come to Art in the Park to support local artists and consider taking home an original artwork, which is so special.”

Art in the Park opens on Friday, January 26.

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