Mayne Gallery closing its doors

CLOSING: Marilyn Mayne with one of the pieces for sale at the Mayne Gallery.

CLOSING: Marilyn Mayne with one of the pieces for sale at the Mayne Gallery.

After about 24 years of showcasing arts and crafts in the Port Lincoln community, the Mayne Gallery will be closing its doors for the final time later this month.

Marilyn Mayne has been managing the gallery on King Street for nearly a quarter of a century, providing a showcase for local arts and crafts.

Mrs Mayne said the decision to close the gallery came about two weeks ago after discussions with some friends.

“My friends said it would be a good idea and they would help,” she said.

“I thought about it, you’re likely to get an illness and then who would sort it out?”

Mrs Mayne has been involved with the arts for most of her life, having attended the South Australian School of Arts and working for 40 years as a commercial artist.

Over the years, the gallery has showcased different types of arts and crafts including paintings, pottery, woodwork, knitwear and silks.

Mayne Gallery.

Mayne Gallery.

Mrs Mayne said overall it was an enjoyable experience managing the gallery and to see the many people come in to look around.

“It’s been fun, I enjoyed it and I’ve met so many people,” she said.

Mrs Mayne said the idea for the gallery came about because there was nowhere else showcasing local arts and crafts in the early 90s.

This has changed in recent years with venues including the art gallery at the Nautilus Theatre.

The Mayne Gallery has faced hardships including a fire in 2000 which fortunately did not burn the building down but resulted in structural damage.

It’s been fun, I enjoyed it and I’ve met so many people.

Marilyn Mayne

The paintings and pottery were salvaged but many of the fabric pieces were lost.

Mrs Mayne is selling much of what is in the gallery, which is set to close on January 27.

Mrs Mayne said following the closure, the gallery area would become a living space for some friends.

Mrs Mayne said she would stay living in Port Lincoln, and continue with her art and her volunteer work at Matthew Flinders Home.

She hopes many in the community who have supported her have enjoyed what the gallery provided.

“I hope they got some enjoyment and I’ve appreciated their friendship,” Mrs Mayne said.