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 partners as at 2019 (left to right) Roz Dibley, Janette McGuffog, Jenny Becker, Val Le Maitre, Ray Barnett, Lesley Whitten (retired since this photo) and Marion Schumacher. Sue Grieves and Sukhvinder Saggu were not present for this pic.
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 recently had it's thirteenth birthday and over these years the gallery has exhibited over a 130 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.
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 new and established artists have been invited to exhibit at the gallery - hosting first time exhibitors as well as regular favourite painters to the buying public. Since beginning trading in 2005 it is estimated that the gallery has sold 5 to 6000 paintings and 18,000 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 fifteen years!