From left, Gwen King, Centre President of Saint Vincent de Paul, Lismore and Nola Littlejohn (the artist) with the mixed media artwork called
From left, Gwen King, Centre President of Saint Vincent de Paul, Lismore and Nola Littlejohn (the artist) with the mixed media artwork called "The Collector". Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Art under the shop hammer

A PIECE of artwork created with clothing and jewellery from Lismore's St Vincent's Op Shop will go under the hammer to fundraise for the charity organisation.

The Collector was created using mixed media by local artist and art teacher Nola Littlejohn, after she was commissioned by the team at St Vincent's Op Shop in 2009.

After two years on display in the shop's window, the artist and the volunteers at St Vincent decided to auction it on Saturday, September 9, at 10am.

Gwen King, centre president at St Vincent Op Shop in Lismore, explained that the money raised with the auction will go directly towards "the family assistance programs we run to provide food, help with electricity bills and other needs within our community".

Mrs Littlejohn explained that the artwork is a mix of drawing and pieces of clothing and jewellery from the Op Shop.

"The box (the body of the figure) is about hidden treasures, things hidden in boxes. And that is what I think St Vinnie's is hidden gifts", explained the artist.

"The character in the picture has an androgynous head, it represents a performer, which is an idea I use in most of my artworks. Not the same head but the concept of performance", she added.

For months, Mrs Littlejohn picked up pieces of clothing, pillow cases, lace, earrings and other material from the op shop and took it to her home to complete the image.

The art teacher said she would be very happy if the auction raised around $1000 for St Vincent.



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