Gallery celebrates 25th year
KENILWORTH’S Lasting Impressions Gallery will open its doors for a special exhibition to celebrate its 25th anniversary next month.
Well known to discerning collectors, the gallery attracts visitors from far and wide to this small country town in the Mary Valley.
“I fulfilled a long-held dream when I opened the gallery,” said gallery owner and director Kaye Cathro this week.
“In the beginning I sold small paintings, pottery and woodwork while serving Devonshire tea on the deck,” she said.
“Now our paintings go to clients from New York to Dubai, from Britain to Hong Kong. Who would have thought it at the time?”
One of Kaye’s earliest discoveries was the now highly collectable wildlife artist Greg Postle, who had his first ever solo exhibition at Lasting Impressions and is still represented exclusively by the gallery.
Other award-winning artists such as Ken Gailer, Peter Hudson and Hélène Grove have accompanied Kaye through the years and seen the gallery grow.
Damien Kamholtz, Sue Gilmour and Pam Walpole, who joined more recently, have enriched the gallery with their new styles and expressions.
Brent Harvey, best known for his sand dune paintings, has created some highly contemporary works for the show.
Asked what has led to her success, Kaye thought for a moment, then said:
“The (gallery director) is in a unique position; a bridge between the artist and the collector.
“I have learned over the years that the essence of a successful gallery is trust. Trust between all parties – the (gallery director), the artist and the client.
“It has always been my motto to nurture long-term relationships with both. Many have become good friends over the years and I look forward to seeing their familiar faces at the opening.”
The 25th anniversary exhibition opens at 11am on Sunday, May 2, and will continue until May 16.