Thursday night I found myself amongst a large crowd of people gathering at the former Peter’s Ice Cream Factory on Boundary Street, to celebrate a very special occasion: the opening of ‘Pinto Gallery’.

Pinto Gallery, established by artist Sandy Okalyi, is situated right in the belly of the old West End factory, which already plays home to many talented musicians, writers, artists, designers, and retailers.

With its central location, high ceilings and generous amounts of wall space, Pinto Gallery has plenty to offer for both art lovers and artists alike. Artists now have an opportunity to run their own exhibitions and workshops, and if they like, they can even get some studio space to paint in a corner during a show. It’s an inspiring creative environment right in the heart of West End, which I’m sure that all art lovers will embrace.

The gallery opened its doors with a fascinating group exhibition featuring artists Glenn Brady, Stephen Eastaugh, Dan Mulheran, and Sandy herself.

Glenn Brady is a self taught visual artist displaying a series of large paintings full of bold, colourful shapes, often reflecting his self confessed ‘troubled past’. His works offer a great insight into his intriguing world full of ‘love and anger’ – and electrical power poles…

Stephen Eastaugh is a visual artist with severe wanderlust. Over the past thirty years, he has traveled to over 30 countries scattered across all continents. He translates his vast and sometimes extreme experiences into pictures, allowing viewers to come along for an exciting journey.

Dan Mulheran is a documentary photographer based in Brisbane, and a recent graduate of QCA (BA Photography – Honours). His evocative imagery spans across a wide range of subjects.

Sandy Okalyi, has been an artist exhibiting for approx 25 years, with no formal training as such. Over the past few years she has found a direction that she really enjoys: Birds, birds and more birds. Many are illustrations for children’s books, and they are all very charming indeed.

I really enjoyed the works of the exhibiting artists, and so did the crowd judging by the amount of red dots emerging during the evening. You couldn’t really ask for a more successful opening of a new gallery, which I believe soon will become an iconic part of the art scene in 4101.