Gillian Russell is very excited to welcome photographer Chris Dalton and acrylic pour artist Marie-Claire Perrett to The Whitsunday Collection.
Gillian Russell is very excited to welcome photographer Chris Dalton and acrylic pour artist Marie-Claire Perrett to The Whitsunday Collection.

‘Whitsundays on your wall’: Local artists showcasing the region

A BOWEN photographer has come up with a unique way of not only selling local artists work, but also promoting tourism for the Whitsundays region.

The Bowen based artist, who owns Bowen Picture Framing, Gillian Jurgens, came up with the idea to start a website selling prints of local artists paintings and photographs.

With many travellers having to cancel their Whitsundays holiday this year, the idea was to help them “put a little bit of the Whitsundays on their walls at home”, while also helping struggling local artists who often rely on tourists for support, said Mrs Jurgens.

The website will be launched on July 1 and allow local artists to sell high quality prints or canvases.

“As a photographer myself, I thought I want to start selling my photo’s online, but we thought it would be lovely to be able to all join together and showcase the beauty of the Whitsundays and the talented artists we have,” she said.

“We want to get our local artists out there and get their art on peoples walls.”

With this year’s tourist and Grey Nomad season being affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions, Mrs Jurgens said the website hoped to be able to showcase the region through photographs.

“I know how the arts industry is struggling through these really difficult times, as is the Tourism industry, so we thought this was a way that we could help both,” she said.

“To all those people who’ve missed out on their Whitsundays holiday this year, we’re sorry we’ve missed you but here’s a bit of the Whitsundays for your wall.

“We’ve spoken to Tourism Bowen and the Whitsundays Arts Festival and we’ll also be sponsoring the festival this year which is great.”

Mrs Jurgens said they’ll be accepting photographs, drawings and paintings which they can produce a high quality print of, with the artists receiving a royalty for each print sold.

“We can’t just take any photograph from an iPhone, they do need to be a certain quality for printing, but that’s really the only specific,” she said.

“The artists will all get their own private profile on our page, while we won’t be selling the originals, people can get in contact with the artists if that’s something they want.

“We’ve been really open to feedback on the website and setup, and that’s helped us build it. At the end of the day it has to work for everybody.”

Artists have responded well to the idea so far, with a couple of local artists signing up to take part already, said Mrs Jurgens.

“We’d like to thank everyone for their interest and applications so far. If you are an artists or photographer residing in the Whitsundays and you are interested in showcasing your work and selling prints through The Whitsunday Collection, please don’t hesitate to contact us, we’d be happy to send you all of the information you need to get started,” she said.

To discuss the options for listing your artworks on the site, contact Gillian Jurgens at email: art@thewhitsundaycollection.com.au.


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