Passion for art stirs Christina

Christina Allen has opened Gallery Frit – an art gallery and gourmet coffee shop in Imbil’s old bank building.
Christina Allen has opened Gallery Frit – an art gallery and gourmet coffee shop in Imbil’s old bank building. Contributed

ART connoisseurs with a taste for coffee and fine pastries are expected to flock to Gallery Frit gourmet cake shop's opening on Saturday.

Valley newcomer Christina Allen has opened a stunning gallery in the old bank building at 104 Yabba Rd, Imbil to exhibit quality art pieces.

Featuring a broad range of styles in ceramics, prints and paintings, Gallery Frit is a welcome boost for the Mary Valley community at a time when it is needed the most.

It's an investment in the area that Christina hopes others like her will follow.

"I love the Mary Valley, it is where I wanted to bring my family.

"I am still near a lot of my friends and not too far from major services when I need them. It is the best of both worlds here," she said.

While Christina, a ceramic artist, has only been at Imbil for two months, she previously lived in Woodford and Amamoor and completed a Certificate in Arts at Tafe in Tewantin, where she developed many friendships with other artists living in the area.

Knowing Christina was looking for a property in Imbil, her husband dropped in and found the perfect place for her to live and work.

The old bank building was "immaculate" and complete with a studio, gallery and living accommodation.

Gallery Frits already has a stable of diverse "top of the line" artists from the Gympie and Sunshine Coast regions, exhibiting for the grand opening this Saturday from 6.30pm.

Individual exhibitions will be held in the near future and the venue is perfect as a venue for book readers clubs or as a meeting place for groups.

"This has been a natural progression towards a long-time goal and passion," Christina said.

"Please feel welcome to attend and experience fine art and meet the artists."

Gallery Frit is open Wednesday to Sunday (Thursday by appointment) from 9am to 4pm.

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