Director of Alpha 31 Art Gallery Inge Bayer and artists Monika Bayer, Lex Frank and George Kirk set up for their opening.
Director of Alpha 31 Art Gallery Inge Bayer and artists Monika Bayer, Lex Frank and George Kirk set up for their opening. Karleila Thomsen

Heart for art makes gallery happen

SHEHAS described it as a labour of love that has taken five years; theFraser Coast’s newest exhibition hot spot Alpha31 Art Gallery.

Owner Inge Bayer opened the Maryborough gallery at the weekend to an intimate invitation-only crowd.

FraserCoast councillor Anne Nioa did the official honours while others whohelped her celebrate the long-awaited feat were three of the region’swell-known professional artists, Inge’s sister Monika Bayer, Lex Frankand George Kirk.

The trio displayed a collection of varied worksas part of the 3 Scorpios Exhibition which included acrylic, mixedmedia and oil pieces from Monika, watercolours from Lex and oilpaintings from George. There were also stone and plaster sculptures onshow, something of which Inge would like more.

“I would eventually like to have a sculpture garden,” she enthused.

Thegallery has been described by Inge as somewhere that will exhibitoriginal art by professional local artists from across the district.

Inge is not an artist but has always had an eye for and appreciation of art.

Shesaid Monika inherited her artistic talent from their father Jacob whowas a professional in Melbourne, widely known for his graphic work andcreative Myer window displays.

“One artist in the family’s enough,” Inge laughed.

Sowhile Monika focused on her skills, Inge explored various careers. Sheworked for the Australian Federal Police, resigning as a detectivesenior sergeant and has also spent time in security. But it is her newrole as gallery owner and director that she is thoroughly excited about.

That is why for half a decade she pushed on with her goal.

It has not been smooth sailing. Inge and Monika hit obstacle after obstacle in their path to getting the gallery up and running.

“We had problems right from the word go,” Inge said.

Tostart, there were building issues with the concrete slab being pouredtoo short. Once that was fixed the building company employed to carryout the work went bankrupt.

But it was those hiccups that made Saturday night all the more special.

Opened to the public for the first time yesterday, 3 Scorpios Exhibition will run until November 29.

Alpha31Art Gallery is at 31 Alpha Plantation Road and from Wednesday toSaturday will be open between 10am and 4pm while on Sunday the hourswill be from 11am to 4pm. Appointments to view the exhibits on Mondayand Tuesday can be made as well.

Visit www.alpha31artgallery.com.au or call 4129 7724.



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