Murray Charteris is closing his art gallery in Hervey Bay to move on to new ventures, including working for a multinational company.
Murray Charteris is closing his art gallery in Hervey Bay to move on to new ventures, including working for a multinational company. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

Murray moves on from art gallery

ONE OF the Fraser Coast’s much-loved artists is shutting up shop and taking on a new venture.

Murray Charteris is closing the art gallery he has been running with wife Kathryn at Urangan for almost three years.

Murray is moving into graphic design for a New Zealand multinational which looks after weather services for television.

The position, which he has been doing part-time while he has had the gallery, will include world travel.

But Murray will not be crossing the Tasman permanently; he will stay in Hervey Bay and work from home.

He will start with the company four days a week as soon as he sells the lease for the gallery.

Despite the change, art will stay very much at the front of his mind.

“An extra day a week will be set aside so I can continue with my artwork,” he said.

Murray’s home studio will undergo a makeover so it is suitable for art investors and art lovers to view his work and a small gallery will be set up.

He will also continue teaching but will do it via his website www.murraycharteris.com/.

He is enthusiastic about holding online classes from across the world and says students will be able to learn at their own pace and in their own time.

“The classes will be very interactive,” he promises. “Not just a video you can watch.”

The introductory class will be the first and will cover a range of mediums, along with techniques about lighting and shade. They are planned for Easter time.

Also keeping Murray busily painting will be a solo exhibition at Gallery Gora in Montreal, Canada.

That is planned for December 2011 and will feature about 20 pieces.

Murray was approached by the gallery and is hopeful it is just the beginning of many more international exhibits.

He has already started his first acrylic painting of the collection, which he describes as fantasy.

The lease for Murray Charteris Art Gallery expires next month.



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