title Solo Sales Success
publication The Leader
description Interface Exhibition article
date 25:09:2003

Nelson artist Anna Leary is feeling blown away by the public's reaction to her first solo exhibition. Buyers snapped up 22 of the 32 works that make up Interface on its opening night at the World of WearableArt and Collectable Car Museum's Reflections Gallery on September 11 with prices ranging from $250 to $3200. The opening was attended by about 250 people.

"It was amazing that so many people took the time to come. The level of local support was quite overwhelming," she says.

Leary, a Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology arts graduate, says the exhibition explores the interface between the recently demolished Hurricane Wire building and Tasman Bay.

Three more works have sold since the opening. Leary says that while she was preparing the exhibition she did not give much thought as to whether the works would prove popular with buyers.

Interface is the first solo exhibition to be held at the gallery and the opportunity arose as result of Leary approaching the complex's management. "I just saw this space and I thought an opportunity was there. It was large enough for me to do a significant body of work," she says. The exhibition runs until September 30.