Eight artists own and manage Bungendore Fine Art. Each artist has paintings on display at the gallery and can be met when they are rostered on for the day and serving customers.
The artist directors share an impressive record of prizes from local, interstate and national art shows. Each contributes their other range skills to the running of the gallery (seven days a week all year) with an exhibition by a different visiting artist almost every month. The enterprise recenty had it's tenth birthday and over these years the gallery has exhibited over a hundred artists local or from afar. The gallery has had on show all mediums and genres of paintings.. As a result of the business model where partners manage and man the gallery, paintings are in a modest price range.
Val Le Maitre and Beth Monahan
The photo below has the partners celebrating the opening of the gallery on a winter's day back in June 2005. The partners at that time (from the left) are Ray Barnett, Ann Hand, Colleen Connors, Diane Alder, Robyn Weare, Pamela Phillips, Terry Davys, Robyn Power and Jane Mitchell. Over the years the crew has changed due to many reasons as partners have moved away, followed other directions but the number of partners has remained at 7 or 8 as the best arrangement for managing the gallery and keeping up with the painting time required of the partners.
Over the years, in addition to the partners, the 100 new and established invited artists have been from both local and interstate. The gallery has hosted first time exhibitors as well as regular favourite painters to the buying public. Over the last ten years it is estimated that the gallery has sold 4 to 5000 paintings and 14,000 art cards - Bungendore Fine Art has brought quite a bit of art to homes in the region and overseas. The majority of sales are to the local area of Canberra and Bungendore but a significant proportion are to interstate and overseas buyers. Overseas buyers especially enjoy the Australian subjects that comprises most of the paintings that are on display.
We look forward to the next twelve years!