IT has been just over six months since Marion Hughes opened Gladstone's only commercial art gallery.

At first the walls of the gallery were hung with her own watercolour paintings, but interest has grown rapidly and now there is work from 29 artists from Gladstone and as far west as Biloela.

Despite her gallery's growth, Ms Hughes said Gladstone was a city lacking in art appreciation, with no events specifically devoted to celebrating or promoting painters.

"When I first started here it was the Marion Hughes show," she said.

ART LOVER: Artist Marion Hughes is giving Gladstone more access to high-end art while helping local artists get started.
ART LOVER: Artist Marion Hughes is giving Gladstone more access to high-end art while helping local artists get started. Helen Spelitis

"There are a lot of local artists approaching me and quite a few from outside the region as well.

"They are looking for somewhere to show their art or get started.

"I do think we need some events to showcase work from local artists. It's important to engage the local community in art appreciation."

Her own work as an artist focuses on portraits, landscapes and teaching others.

She has organised a series of workshops to encourage the development of other young artists, starting with renowned photo realism artist Paul Margoscy.

Visit www.gallery67.com.au for more info.



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