NEW VENTURE: Marion Hughes is opening Gallery 67, a new commercial art gallery on Goondoon St across from the GECC.
NEW VENTURE: Marion Hughes is opening Gallery 67, a new commercial art gallery on Goondoon St across from the GECC. Mara Pattison-Sowden

Gallery opening just what the doctor ordered

PAINTBRUSHES have replaced surgical instruments and artworks have replaced medical posters in an old Goondoon St doctor surgery.

It has been filled with the bright watercolour paintings of Marion Hughes, who has taken on the building as a commercial art gallery.

"It's been a dream of mine to take on something like this," she said.

"Gladstone really needs it. We do have community arts but this is a commercial art venture."

Ms Hughes has been painting for more than 20 years, but also plans to showcase other local artists as well as engaging a number of international artists.

"The ideal situation is to have exhibitions of notable artists and co-ordinate workshops," she said.

"I also really want to support upcoming artists; there's a lot of talent in the younger set."

While the other rooms are still being transformed into Ms Hughes's studio and workshop areas, the main gallery is open for viewing although the official opening won't be until September.

"I'll start gauging opening hours - there is lots of movement down here on weekends and when there are shows on," she said.

"We want to showcase the artistic talent in Gladstone and bring some culture into the area - it's not just industrial here."



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