About 200 avid art admirers gathered at the Woodanilling Art Expo opening night on Friday to highlight and celebrate creative talents within the town. More than 180 pieces are currently on show in the Woodanilling Town Hall, including blacksmith artwork, woodwork, paintings, photos and handcrafted artwork from members of the community. Local artist Pauline Edgcumbe said the night was a perfect way to highlight the community’s togetherness. “It was a wonderful affirmation for a little town like us that we can do something artistic,” Edgcumbe said. “I paint and do pottery and it’s really inviting for artists like myself to know that we can do things like this in the town in the future.” Edgcumbe said the age variation of artists represented in the exhibition provides an exciting prospect for the town’s future. “There were a few artists in their 60s but we also had primary school students and even playgroup kids who constructed pieces for the exhibition. “So it shows we have a new generation of artists coming through and this could potentially be an annual event.” Edgcumbe worked closely with Colette Annice and Morris Trimming from the Artison Store in Katanning in laying the foundations of the successful night. “It was awesome to see floral inspiration represented in so many pieces.” The event’s success was made possible by the invaluable help from their sponsors. “The Woodanilling Pub catered the drinks for the evening and the Men’s Shed has been super in helping throughout.” The exhibition will finish this Thursday, September 28.