Artist Rebecca Knowles proudly shows some of her art on display at the new Harbour Gift Gallery at the Great Sandy Straits Marina, officially opened on Saturday. Photo: Jocelyn Watts / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Artist Rebecca Knowles proudly shows some of her art on display at the new Harbour Gift Gallery at the Great Sandy Straits Marina, officially opened on Saturday. Photo: Jocelyn Watts / Fraser Coast Chronicle Jocelyn Watts

Art for the modern lifestyle at Harbour Gift Gallery

AN EXCITING outlet for quality individually handcrafted items and original artwork is the newly-named Harbour Gift Gallery.

Owner of the Hervey Bay gallery Lyn Montgomery said her aim was continue to provide an affordable exhibition space to the artisans of the Fraser Coast region.

"With a fitting new name I am looking forward to the next year under our new banner," Lyn said.

"For the past year I was in a partnership in a business called Pieces by Design in the same premises at Sandy Straits Marina.

"During that time it was my pleasure to encourage, support and to aid in the development of local artisans and hope to continue to assist in the networking of likeminded people at the new Harbour Gift Gallery."

Rebecca Knowles, an upcoming young artist offers her original paintings for sale in the gallery.

"Rebecca is spreading her wings with her original artwork being reproduced on a variety of merchandise including T-shirts, fridge magnets, coffee mugs and more to come," Lyn said.

"It was exciting to see Ellen Foulds, who was another one of our artisans, have the opportunity to grow her photography business within our gallery and see her sales increase.

"This along with her hard work and dedication was an encouragement for her to open her own business in an adjoining store."

Lyn said she has had the opportunity to sell her work both locally and internationally.

"I enjoy painting watercolour birds and Australian creatures," she said.

"Paintings in acrylic are my main focus in the gallery as customers seem to be looking for a sense of the casual lifestyle of Hervey Bay.

"Therefore a very tactile, mixed media artwork to suit their modern lifestyle is what many are looking for.

"We have other artists with varied individual styles and crafters who are keeping old traditions alive and injecting a new vigour into them.

"Many items are sort after and collected by visitors from near and far."

The gallery is filled to the brim with unique treasures all locally handcrafted on the Fraser Coast.

There is a selection of souvenirs of Hervey Bay and Fraser Island, to suit overseas tourist and gift giving.


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