Gibraltar’s artists to sell their artwork at special event aimed at affordability

The event, now in it’s fourth year, offers the public a chance to buy a range of art at an affordable price with a maximum cost set at £1,000.

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A COLLECTION of Gibraltar’s finest artists will be showcasing their work at this year’s Affordable Art Show at the Fine Arts Gallery in Casemates.

The event, now in it’s fourth year, offers the public a chance to buy a range of art at an affordable price with a maximum cost set at £1,000.

Hosted by The Fine Arts Association, the exhibition will only be showing work from its members.

Gibraltarian Lorraine Buhagiar, 57, who specialises in watercolour and the financial officer of the Association, says most of her work will cost under £100.

“Making it accessible to the public is essential because a lot of people feel artwork is out of their reach,” she told the Gibraltar Olive Press.

But admits: “I would say I’m quite an inexpensive artist.”

Self-taught artist Michele Stagnetto, 59, thinks ‘more can be done’ to educate Gibraltarians about the value of art.

“Getting exhibitions and original art to Gibraltar will help bring it up to speed and an event like this helps with that,” she told the Gibraltar Olive Press.

Stagnetto, who is a member of the Association’s committee, specialises in original prints, hoping to sell each one for £25.

Secretary of the Association, Meribel Matthews, agrees and said the aim of the show was to ‘educate the public about art’.

“Art is a luxury, something that is not at the top of your list when you go shopping,” she said.

The 75-year-old, who recently had her work valued at Agora Gallery in New York for £4,000 a piece, says Christmas is the perfect time for everyone to buy affordable artwork.

The event will be held on December 11 at 6:30pm.

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