The gallery’s first-ever Mother’s Day Markets were a roaring success, despite the cold, wet and windy day.
More than 300 people braved the weather, browsing 17 stalls selling a range arts, crafts and other special gifts for mums. While at the gallery, many took the opportunity to wander through and take in Sally Poole’s colourful works in her Abundance exhibition.
Talented portrait artist Steve Olsen volunteered his time to produce six portraits during the day, while Di Clark held a demonstration of her watercolour skills.
Gallery and Studio Club volunteers served cuppas, cakes and sausage sizzles, as well as wood raffle tickets, raising more than $2,600 in much-needed funds to assist in the gallery’s operations.
One lucky market attendee was the winner of a door prize of a $50 voucher and a bottle of wine, generously donated by The Colliefields.
Gallery Chairperson Trudi Curran thanked market coordinator Cheryl Rochester and her band of volunteers for their hard work leading up to the markets and congratulated them on a successful day.
“The markets helped open the gallery to a whole range of people that might not have otherwise visited, as well as raising funds for the gallery and helping to promote and encourage creative industries in Collie,” Mrs Curran said.
“We will be planning a similar event next year.”