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Art for art’s sake at Bunbury

By Kevin Kelly

Anyone who owns real estate in Bunbury is known to like the finer things in life, from taking a dip in the cool water of the Pacific to enjoying some of the finest food this side of Australia. As well as this, Bunbury residents are known for their love of fine art.

The month of July will see two major projects open to the public: Australia Wide Four, which goes on display on July 11 at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, and The Travelling Sketchbook, which will reach the Bunbury Public Library on Monday July 13. It's a terrific opportunity for the area's more artistically inclined locals to get some inspiration and stimulation.

Projects a chance to see Australian talent

The Australia Wide Four exhibition is a showcase of 37 quilts created by the Ozquilt Network, a homegrown organisation of art quilters first founded in 1998. It promises to show off some of the country's foremost up-and-coming quilt artists, who aim to use this traditional format to address the issues of today.

It will run until August 9, and is open for free from 10 am to 4 pm. The show will also come with a public talk from Ozquilt Network President Margery Goodall.

If that wasn't enough, two days after Australia Wide Four opens, The Travelling Sketchbook will arrive in the city, featuring poems, artwork, collages, songs and drawings from young people aged 12 to 25. The Sketchbook has been making its way all around Western Australia, showing residents of the state the kind of talent spirit that lies within their local community.

Coming as it will during the school holidays, the Bunbury Public Library will also host free activities during the break for children, including Lego, story time and board games. It will be an ideal and educational diversion when kids need to get away from the screen at home.

Events like this are always happening for those who own or rent real estate in Australind, Eaton and surrounding areas. It's probably why so many come here and never leave!

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