St Pat’s artist pops up

Friday, 17th March, 2017

Peter Walsh and Wayne Williams with some of the art for sale in their Argent Street pop up shop. PICTURE: Kara de Groot Peter Walsh and Wayne Williams with some of the art for sale in their Argent Street pop up shop. PICTURE: Kara de Groot

By Kara de Groot

The Broken Hill artist who created this year’s St Pat’s poster has a pop up shop in Argent Street to sell his work.

Wayne Williams is joined in his shop by ABC sports reporter and long time friend Peter Walsh, who has travelled up from Adelaide to visit and help out.

The shop, located at 377 Argent Street, will open from about 8am each day until Monday, and displays a variety of drawings of famous race horses, as well as iconic Broken Hill scenes.

On Saturday and Sunday the shop will close at 11am, to ensure Wayne and Peter get to spend some time at the races, and then explore at Silverton.

This is Mr Walsh’s seventh trip to the Hill, and he said that every time he sees Wayne’s artwork he just says ‘wow’.

“I was mesmerised the first time I saw them, arm Wayne with a pencil and he produces the goods,” Mr Walsh said.

“He is so precise with getting his artwork to be 100 per cent accurate, any smudge and he starts again,” he said.

“Every muscle, every fibre, everything goes into it, and if it doesn’t go in correctly he wouldn’t be satisfied, and that to me sums up the professionalism that exists within the man.

“I hope people walk past and have a look, come in and recognise the talent that this man has, he really is an artist of the highest order.”

Wayne will be taking commissions in his pop up shop, and said aside from the artwork on display he’s already had interest in commission pieces.

“The St Pat’s poster’s been really good, and we’re selling copies of it here,” Mr Williams said.

“The original art is being auctioned tonight at the Sponsor’s Night, which is a private event, but anyone who wants the original can go to the St Pat’s office today and put a sealed envelope with their bid in the box there,” he said.

“Two years ago I drew a horse called Take Over Target and the horse owner said he couldn’t accept a gift of the original and auctioned it off and he got $5,000, so I’m hopeful about tonight.”

Both Wayne and Peter will be found at the race course on Saturday, and Peter has advice to share with anyone at the track willing to listen.

“This visit is part of a ritual for me, I’m a survivor of prostate cancer in remission at the moment, and I talk to people about how important it is to be aware,” Peter said.

“I don’t talk medically, because I’m not a medical person, but men are lazy and need to be prodded, and the message to men is ‘please don’t linger, take the blood test and the finger’,” he said.

“I wear loud coloured shirts which act as conversation starters to talk about this, I have 167 loud shirts and I love wearing them.”

Both Wayne and Peter and looking forward to the chance to mingle with locals and tourists over the next few days, both in shop and out of town, and invite everyone to come and say hi if they see them.