Branxton’s Kim Lundy was on a wine bus tour through the Hunter Valley vineyards when she had a lightbulb moment.
“The bus drove past the Pokolbin Community Hall and I thought: ‘I could put on an art fair here,’” she says.
Four weeks later, Kim has teamed up with fellow emerging local artist Suellyn Connolly to organise a one-of-a-kind Hunter Valley Art Fair across the October long weekend.
The inaugural three-day event will offer artists a unique opportunity and outlet for showcasing and selling their work.
“I’m on a lot of artists’ websites and a regular question on there is how do you sell your art?” Kim says.
“One thing that comes up quite often is art fairs [but] we haven’t come across any in the Hunter Valley.”
After recognising their popularity in larger cities across Australia and abroad, Kim decided to contact Suellyn, an experienced exhibitor and former magazine owner, to see if they could bring artists together in an easily accessible space.
It has proved a roaring success so far, with 34 exhibitors already lined up to provide a collection of fine arts and handmade wares.
“The art scene in Newcastle and the Hunter is booming,” Suellyn says.
“I feel like there’s never been a better time for this type of event, providing access for the public directly to fine arts, with the ability to meet these talented artists and makers in person and take home a truly special piece.
“In the current trying times when people cannot travel very far, art provides the perfect escape.
“And, with the vineyards so busy at the moment, I think we’ll get some great passing traffic trade.”
Moving forward, the dynamic duo has also turned the art fair into a biannual event in 2021, spanning across both the June and October long weekends, and are hoping it will grow to include more artists.
The Hunter Valley Art Fair will take place on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October (10am to 6pm), as well as Monday 5 October (10am to 3pm), at Pokolbin Community Hall (128 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin). Entry is free.