It has been revealed that almost $15,000 worth of artwork has sold in the inaugural airport exhibition at the Kangaroo Island Airport.
The Kangaroo Island Council at its July meeting heard that $14,750 worth of sculpture, paintings and photographs created by Kangaroo Island artists had already sold.
Council CEO Andrew Boardman said the success of the airport art show and the sales had come a welcome surprise.
The inaugural show was now going to be extended through September and the expressions of interest from KI artists would be sought for the next show to commence in October.
There was also discussion at the council of getting one of the island’s established galleries to manage the installation and sale of the art.
There had also been some discussion of having the Island’s businesses sponsor the art shows and perhaps this could be done on a rotating basis if there was interest from more than one business.
Fleur Peters was the curator of the inaugural airport exhibition at the airport and said the success of the art show was fantastic.
The biggest single sale was a sculpture by Deborah Sleeman named “Seven Sisters Visiting” that sold for $12,500.
Mrs Peters said a long-standing patron of Kangaroo Island art saw the artwork while on a trip off to London and “just had to have it for her private collection”.
An intricate art gourd in a Japanese style by Stokes Bay artist Gay DeMather had also sold, as well as a number of paintings, she said.
KI photographer Quentin Chester meanwhile sold his photograph of south coast cliffs to a local tradesman, who saw it the airport official opening.
“What is really lovely is that art is not just for the high-enders because it reflects this amazing environment that we live in and appeals to all sorts of people,” Mrs Peters said.
Mayor Peter Clements at the council meeting that he heard that Adelaide Airport was now considering having its own permanent art show after hearing about the success of the Kangaroo Island art exhibition.
“This another example of the Island punching above its weight,” Mr Clements said.