Things are crazy-busy at Thirroul’s Egg and Dart this week as they prepare for their exciting new Christmas show, opening this Friday (December 4).
The show features 200 12 cm x 12 cm creations by 33 artists, many of which are Northern Illawarra locals.
While the Christmas exhibition is an annual event, this is the first time it’s ever been this big.
Earlier this year, gallery owner Aaron Fell-Fracasso took the brave step of moving his framing business off-site, and using the Raymond Rd space entirely for hanging art.
“All the artworks are the same size and they’re all selling for between $150 and $300,” he says. “Lots of people have started collecting a couple each year to make a modular arrangement, so there’s pressure to keep these shows going year after year,’ he laughs.
Aaron says the Christmas shows are always well supported. “We even have a bit of jostling with people keen to get the artworks they like.”
“We have a great blend of established artists including Paul Ryan, Peter Sharp and Madeline Preston, alongside emerging artists like Chris Zanco, who is about to explode. It’s so exciting to be able to bring all these diverse artists and styles together in one gorgeous exhibition.
You can find a list of participating artists HERE
And Aaron says while the artists really enjoy taking part in the Christmas Exhibition, as they are challenged by the smaller format. “Artists don’t really work within parameters, so this can be tricky for them,” he says. “But it’s tricky for me too! I frame it all, and even though the works are small, they still have four corners so it’s really time consuming!”
“This is our chance to make art accessible by making it small and affordable. It’s not a huge commitment, and it can be a great Christmas gift. When you’re not paying a fortune, it takes all the risk out of buying art.”