Final exhibition for local seaside gallery

Wilsons at Robe gallery is getting ready for its last open day exhibition, which will complete over 35 years of promoting, exhibiting and selling art in the local area. 

Owners Terry and Nancy Johnson say they are looking forward to retirement from retail, alongside the new adventures that lie ahead. 

“This certainly is not the end of my art career,” Terry remarked.

“But perhaps the beginning of a new cycle of works. I will continue to paint, sculpt and draw and definitely I am excited about the new path my art will take.”

The couple’s daughter Hadley also explains that she is looking forward to the future with her art works and graphic design business. Currently, Hadley is looking towards working on her new line of fashion clothing, which is in its developmental stages. 

“I am excited about our last exhibition,” Terry said, “as Jessie Ellery will be a major part of the day.”

Jessie and Terry began their friendship as art teachers at the Kingston Community School, and throughout their careers they have exhibited together and been involved in multiple art adventures. 

“We just enjoy each other’s company,” Terry said. 

“For our open day, Jessie has created a selection of her favourite original works on silk and has also produced some beautiful pastel drawings.” 

Despite not painting in abstract for many years despite it being his passion, Terry explains that artist Katrina Lodge’s work is one not to be missed. 

“Katrina’s work is geometric in nature, highly controlled but abstract in design, simply stunning.”

Glass artist Tim Shaw will also have work on display throughout the open house exhibition, the same artist who created their much loved chandelier. 

Silkscreen and hand painted canvas artist from Port Douglas, Diana Abiad, is often on display, and the collection is known to be bold in design, bright and cheerful. 

These pieces can be hung as a wall hanging, or placed on a stretcher for a more painterly appearance. The Wilsons Saddlery building which the gallery operates from was built in 1857, making it a historic part of Robe.

The gallery is currently open from 10am until 4pm, Thursday through until Sunday with soaps, candles, cards and other small trinkets available for purchase in the original Wilsons Saddlery building.

The Wilsons at Robe open day will be held on February 18, beginning at 2pm and commencing until 5pm with Woodsoak Wines n attendance for tastings.

Artists works will be available for purchase until the exhibition, and Terry and his team are eager to help the public in purchasing the art piece right for them.