SMART ARTS: Dozens turned out for the opening of Mavis Blunt’s art exhibition at the Walk of Art.
SMART ARTS: Dozens turned out for the opening of Mavis Blunt’s art exhibition at the Walk of Art. Sarah Dionysius

Roma artist Mavis Bunt overwhelmed by support for exhibit

EVEN in her wildest dreams, Mavis Bunt could not comprehend the reception her new art exhibit had.

ROMA residents packed into the Walk of Art on Sunday for the much anticipated opening of Ms Bunt’s exhibition.

The Roma artist was overwhelmed with the support of her family and friends, saying she had not expected it.

“I’ve sent invitations out but people have just come in, it’s wonderful,” she said.

“Ever since I said I would do the exhibition I was worried that no one would come but this is just fantastic.”

There were 33 paintings up for grabs and a number of them were sold in a matter of minutes, a ring of the bell signalling that they were purchased.

After receiving an overwhelming amount of interest for her signature ‘Shall We Dance’ piece which was featured in the flyers for the event, Mavis decided to put it up for a silent auction.

“I’ve had so much interest in the painting that I’ve decided to auction it,” she said.

“People can come and put their bids in until on 1pm today, just so that it is fair for everyone.”

For someone who was initially hesitant to put together the exhibition, Mavis had put together a wonderful collection of art and made a considerable contribution to her cause.

“When I was first asked to do it I just said no I can’t do that, but then I thought if I have a purpose then I will,” she said.

“I chose the hospital auxiliary because our families have always needed them; our daughter had cancer and our daughter-in-law has just passed away from cancer.

“It’s really nice to be able to give back to somewhere that has really helped us.”

A percentage of the paintings sales, the raffle of one of Mavis’ prized quilts and card sales will all go to the Roma Hospital Auxiliary.


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