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Grass is greener at Met Galleries new Highfields home

NEW HOME: Met Galleries member Kathryn Yates and co-founding member Chris Darvall in the gallery in Highfields.
NEW HOME: Met Galleries member Kathryn Yates and co-founding member Chris Darvall in the gallery in Highfields. Kevin Farmer

INSIDE a cottage-like building with a red roof are white walls and an open beam ceiling. The venue looks out onto a cafe setting amongst green grass and in the far distance - mountain tops.

It is the perfect location for an art gallery and the new home of Met Galleries.

The Toowoomba cooperative art group has moved from Russell St to the Village Green in Highfields.

Co-founding member Chris Darvall said the new venue already achieved what they hoped.

"It was a business decision at first. We were going to expand with a second gallery in Highfields but then we came to the Village Green and it was just a beautiful setting and exactly what we wanted," he said.

"What we have already achieved is a far greater, deeper exposure to the community. We're getting a huge increase of visitor traffic and we're exposing ourselves to an even wider reach as well from locals to interstate and international visitors coming in for a coffee and stopping by the gallery."

Met Galleries hosts more than $80,000 worth of works from predominantly local artists.

The artworks, which constantly change, come in a full range of mediums from abstract paintings to sculptures.

It has been two weeks since the move and members celebrated the gallery's official opening on the weekend.

The group also hosts exhibitions from time to time at cafes and workspaces. It is currently looking for two new members. Mr Darvall said the group's point of difference was its outlook.

"We have artists from established to emerging - your work speaks for itself," he said.

Met Galleries is open from 9am-5pm from Wednesday to Monday.

Topics:  highfields toowoomba village green


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