Colour and creativity at Bunbury art safari

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Artist Margaret Doust and event organiser Jo O'Dea are excited for the Tree Street Art Safari to be back in action this year.
Camera IconArtist Margaret Doust and event organiser Jo O'Dea are excited for the Tree Street Art Safari to be back in action this year. Credit: Ailish Delaney / Bunbury Herald

Bunbury streets will come alive with colour and creativity this weekend as 50 artists put their work on show for the Tree Street Art Safari.

The safari was one of the first community events to fall victim to the pandemic last year, but now it’s back in force to deliver a captivating day focused on regional talent. Saturday will see the artists exhibit at 23 venues in the tree streets, with visitors invited to wander between the venues to enjoy and purchase artwork.

Artist Margaret Doust said it was important for community events to be supported now they were back in action.

“COVID-19 made us isolated and disconnected, but this is a way we can all come together safely again,” she said.

Artist Margaret Doust and event organiser Jo O'Dea are encouraging community members to support this year’s event.
Camera IconArtist Margaret Doust and event organiser Jo O'Dea are encouraging community members to support this year’s event. Credit: Ailish Delaney / Bunbury Herald

Event organiser Jo O’Dea said art was a great catalyst in bringing people together.

“It’s an event where people can wander at their leisure and browse the art safely in people’s gardens,” she said.

“The safari is a gathering of the community through the arts.”

Ms O’Dea said the event served as an exciting day for the community, but also a great experience for artists to build their confidence.

“Artists can share the experience in a supportive environment without the intimidation that can come with holding a gallery exhibition,” she said.

Up to 600 art lovers of all ages are expected to meander through the homes throughout the day and enjoy the range of sculptures, jewellery, pottery, oils and more, along with live music and food available at some of the locations.

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