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Fine art on display

Saturday, 12th April, 2014

Sharee Coulls, with her artwork ‘Evil Eyes’, prepares for tonight’s exhibition. Sharee is self-taught with a bit of influence from her parents, Patrice and Austin, who are long-time members of the Willyama Art Society. PICTURE: Michael Murphy Sharee Coulls, with her artwork ‘Evil Eyes’, prepares for tonight’s exhibition. Sharee is self-taught with a bit of influence from her parents, Patrice and Austin, who are long-time members of the Willyama Art Society. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Michael Murphy

Some of the finest artists in the city will display their works in the 53rd annual exhibition of the Willyama Art Society tonight.

Wife of the late Pro Hart, Raylee Hart, will officially open the exhibition for the society, which is credited with helping the Brushmen the Bush get their start on the world stage.

“Some of the early members were the Brushmen of the Bush, including Pro Hart,” said the society’s Maureen Clark.

“The society actually helped support the Brushmen of the Bush when they travelled to exhibit in London,” she said.

About 40 artists will display 70 works during the exhibition, including the original president, John Lindsay Gregory, who came up with the idea of holding the society’s first exhibition in Sturt Park in 1961.

In the first exhibition, artist Sam Byrne exhibited 46 paintings alone, with fellow painters Pro Hart and May Harding also contributing.

It was an outstanding success, but according to one report, exhibitions in the park were also hazardous.

Some well-meaning citizens insisted on bringing their dogs to judge the best painting, and although some paintings were temporarily damaged, others received favourable barks from the canine community.

The public is welcome to attend the opening tonight. The exhibition runs until April 26.

WHAT: New art exhibitions
WHERE: Regional Art Gallery
WHEN:Tonight at 6 o’clock

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