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Gawura gallery celebrates two years in business

Bob Blair does the Goana. Some of his painting work was featured at the Gallery's second anniversary celebrations.

Bob Blair does the Goana. Some of his painting work was featured at the Gallery's second anniversary celebrations.

A Glen Innes gallery is mentoring two budding local artists after identifying the pair as having the "wow factor".

Gawura gallery showed off the work of newcomers Bob Blair and Sarah Fletcher alongside Aboriginal artist and gallery co-owner Lloyd Hornsby at a new exhibition opened on their second birthday.

Co-owner Wendy Hornsby said the gallery picks and chooses whose work is hung on the walls to ensure they only present "high end art".

Bob Blair is an "absolute cracker" she said.

"He's got talent as an artist; and we use Bobby for our bus tours.

"He's getting a real reputation: oh can we have Bobby when we come and visit your gallery. All those ladies over 60 make comments like doesn't he scrub up well!

Scotland meets Indigenous Australia at the Gawura gallery

"Where's Lloyd, where's Bobby?

"The pair of them have got this groupie following I can tell you!"

"Her work has a real wow factor to it as well," said Wendy Hornsby.

"They've been on our exhibition schedule and Lloyd works with those two artists to nurture their commercial art practice.

"There's a lot more to being a professional artist than just exhibiting your work. Knowing how to market yourself, knowing all the other things."

The gallery, which opened in 2017, has been more successful than they even hoped, she said.

Their second anniversary event featured both Scottish and Aboriginal cultural traditions, including a rousing rendition of Robbie Burns poem 'address to a Haggis'.

Wendy Hornsby said the cross cultural nature of the gallery is "hugely important".

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