Straddievarious Gallery at Raby Bay marks second anniversary with celebration for Redlands artists

MILESTONE: Jacquie Holmes and Debra McCann at the opening of Straddievarious Gallery at Raby Bay in 2019.

MILESTONE: Jacquie Holmes and Debra McCann at the opening of Straddievarious Gallery at Raby Bay in 2019.

LOCAL artists will gather at Raby Bay this month as Straddievarious Gallery celebrates its two year anniversary.

The gallery was started in 2018 at Point Lookout by Debra McCann and Jacquie Holmes, to give a boost to artists on the island.

The pair had met at the local markets selling their works, and recognised the need for artists to be supported outside holiday periods.

The next year, Ms McCann and Ms Holmes both found themselves moving back to the mainland for family reasons, but wanted to keep the gallery going.

"Fortunately I was able to secure the position we have on Raby Bay Harbour as it has great passing [and] incidental traffic - people having a good time wining and dining and in the mood to spend," Ms McCann said.

The gallery has operated from its current spot for two years.

"We continue to support local Redlands and Indigenous artists and artisans," Ms McCann said.

"We have a great range of styles, mediums, crafts including ceramics, photography and woodcraft, covering items of original artwork [like] abstract, fine art [and] Aboriginal art, sculpture, home décor, jewellery and much more.

"Whilst we started out with a limited amount of artists, we now have more than 50 local artists and artisans on our books for whom we display and sell their works.

"There is honestly a massive amount of talent in our area.

"We also have a number of pending new artists waiting to be able to exhibit with us."

Straddievarious artists will get together on May 17 from 4pm at the gallery to celebrate the milestone.