CREATIVE DIRECTION: Karina Devine spoke of her passion for art and shared tips with fellow artists last week.
CREATIVE DIRECTION: Karina Devine spoke of her passion for art and shared tips with fellow artists last week. Samantha Oneil

Gallery director gives decade of service to art lovers

WARWICK Art Gallery director Karina Devine has officially notched up 10 years in the Rose City.

With the gallery hosting more than 100 exhibitions during this time, Ms Devine said the time had gone fast.

"We average about 15,000 visitors per year which are mostly visitors to the town," Ms Devine said.

"The gallery space is great to work with because it is so flexible.

"With the moveable wall, we can create a different space each time."

Ms Devine said the Jumpers and Jazz festival was the busiest time each year for the gallery.

"We have about half our annual attendance through in those 10 days," she said.

"Locals seem to get into the festival zone and come in for a look."

With about nine exhibits planned for the year, Ms Devine encouraged residents to take a look.

"The average visit to the gallery is 10-15 minutes, so we would encourage people to come say once a month to see what's new," she said.

"It's always free and always changing."

Ms Devine said her favourite part of the job was designing the exhibitions.

"It's only a small portion of my job, but it is pretty special to have the opportunity to get up close to the pieces," she said.

"It takes a while to get out of the mindset of seeing the exhibition as a whole.

"It's usually the second or third week before I get to appreciate the individual pieces."

Ms Devine reflected on the achievements over the past decade and said one of the highlights was the rear studio.

"We put our mind to it and managed to achieve it," she said.

The newest exhibition, Cream of the Crop, will be officially launched this Friday.



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