Visitors to the Kangaroo Island Gallery in Murray Street over the next few weeks will notice a few changes.
The top gallery is undergoing much needed renovations.
The curators have always found it a difficult room in which to arrange artworks.
There is ugly old exposed plumbing and wiring, boarded up windows and doors, the hanging system is outmoded and difficult to use, the paint is scuffed and peeling in places and the lino flooring is well worn and shabby.
In preparation for the face-lift, all artworks have been removed from the top room, and many have been squeezed into the front gallery, making it a bit more crowded than usual.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as many visitors have commented that they like the new concentration of creative art pieces in the one space.
Disruption to visitors will be kept to a minimum, although there may be times when the doors are closed briefly to allow the workers to do their thing without putting members of the public at risk.
The top gallery will end up with much cleaner lines, a fresh paint job and new carpet squares on the floor.
A new hanging system will also be installed, making it compatible with other art spaces around the island and much easier to use.
It will become a venue for special exhibitions that will be mounted from time to time.
Later in the year the front gallery will also receive a paint, carpet and hanging system make-over.
The KI Gallery already displays a wonderful variety of exclusively local art for sale.
When the renovations are complete this art will have a venue worthy of its quality and creative flair.