Photo: Nicole Cosgrove and Sara Phemister.

Yass art group, Fronde, are hosting an art show this month at Arts Health Business on the next two Saturdays, December 11 and 18 from 10am to 2pm and during the Christmas late night shopping on Thursday, December 16 from 5pm to 8pm.

Located at 100 Meehan Street, the exhibition features ceramics, paintings, prints, botanicals, and miscellaneous gifts.

The group of friends largely met through their children’s weekend sport and their mutual love of art.

Longtime established artist, Sara Phemister, said the group were close friends before forming Fronde.

“We’ve known each other for quite a while and we all love making things,” she said. But owner of Arts Health Business, Camille Kersley, was the catalyst for the exhibition and offered the use of her workspace.

Artist Ning Clark

Fellow Fronde member Nicole Cosgrove expressed the group’s gratitude for the space.

“We’re very grateful to Camille who’s provided the venue,” Nicole said. “Her Arts Health Business does so much in town, she’s made a fantastic contribution to Yass.”

Nicole added that none of the group had grown up in Yass but met once they had move to the area.

Each member submitted art in their preferred mediums for the exhibition and despite a soft opening over the weekend have already sold a large number of works.

Nicole said they had been preparing for the Thursday late night shopping to be the busiest open day. “Given everyone was voting [on Saturday] and is really busy in town it’s actually been really nice to see so many people come through.”

But Nicole said she believed they have enough art to carry them through till the end of the exhibition.

“We will add new pieces as the show goes on,” Sara said. There will be some different art this week so be sure to pop in while in town.

Nicole added that Fronde isn’t an exclusive group. “We’ll be doing stuff with all sorts of people, it won’t just stay as same group all the time,” she said.

“We’ll be doing different things and different pop-up exhibitions.”

It’s a very open group,” Nicole said. “If anyone was interested in art and had just moved to town it would be lovely for them to connect with us through Instagram.”

Casey Robinson in front of her art

Nicole said they would love to meet new artists especially as it can be difficult connecting with people when you first move to a small town.

Other artists featured in the exhibition include Ning Clark, Casey Robinson, Marie Polyak and Sarah Lastelle.

By Brianna O’Rourke