Popping in to pop-up gallery

Byron Bay artists John Dahlsen and Jan Rae will exhibit their work at this pop-up gallery in Fletcher St, Byron Bay.
Byron Bay artists John Dahlsen and Jan Rae will exhibit their work at this pop-up gallery in Fletcher St, Byron Bay. Kate O'Neill

THEY'RE popping up everywhere - "pop-up" galleries, where artists can exhibit their work in empty retail spaces without the expense of rent or rates, can now be found in many Northern Rivers towns.

The latest will be at Byron Bay, where internationally acclaimed artists John Dahlsen and Jan Rae have joined forces and will be presenting an exhibition of their Byron Bay seascapes for a month from January 14.

"There are a whole lot of sponsors out there ready to support them, and since all artists are now feeling the pinch of these financial times, we say any way you can sell art - just do it," Mr Dahlsen said.

For their forthcoming show, Mr Dahlsen and Ms Rae contacted real estate agent David Gordon from Ray White in Byron Bay, offered him a digital print as a present, to hang in his office, and were gladly offered the use of an empty shopfront at 46 Fletcher Street.

Well known for his environmental art, Mr Dahlsen has recently installed a $30,000 recycled tree sculpture, on loan to Byron Shire Council, on the parkland next to Main Beach. It is soon to be given a stainless-steel fence and will become the Byron community's first major public artwork.

Jan Rae is well known for her artworks which range from social comment murals of the 1980s, including her famous Byron Bay Community Centre mural, and more recently, the solo exhibitions from her Contemplative and Dance series.

Their exhibition will run for one month and will be officially opened on Saturday from 6-8pm by Robert Bleakley, from Sotheby's Australian Art Auction house.

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