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Original artworks the perfect gift
Picture: David Bailey Artist Jeana Castelli has seven pieces of art in this year’s Christmas Shop, including this painting of the Big Swamp.

The perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for special someone could be found in a somewhat unexpected place this year.

Jewellery, paintings, photography and ceramics from 36 South West artists will be for sale as part of the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries’ Christmas Shop, which starts on Thursday.

Bunbury artist Jeana Castelli will have seven pieces of her work in the exhibition, featuring landscapes of the South West such as the Ferguson Valley and Bunbury’s Big Swamp.

“I feel the landscape in WA is quite beautiful, I just love the environment,” she said.

“I relate to the Ferguson Valley because I can compare it very much to the Italian landscape.”

Her colourful artworks are recognisable through her use of an interesting tool the palette knife.

“I love using it because you can create something with a lot of character and texture and there’s a real richness,” she said.

Mrs Castelli said the Christmas Shop was a good way to find a great gift.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to come in and do their Christmas shopping if they want something different and unique,” she said.

Works on display at the Christmas Shop are replaced when purchased so the exhibition is continually changing.

“The Christmas Shop is a great way to find a unique gift for someone, while supporting local artists,” BRAG audience development officer Julie Blair said.

The exhibition’s opening is this Thursday at 7pm and everyone is welcome to attend. The Christmas Shop runs daily until January 20 from 10am to 4pm.