Pania strings together exhibition

CARLY THOMAS
Last updated 12:09 21/08/2014
Pania and her ukes
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MUSICALL MINDED: Pania Molloy is creating a quirky art exhibition with ukuleles for the Ukulele Festival at Square Edge community art gallery.

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Artist Pania Molloy is one of those people whose enthusiasm is contagious and she is putting her latest idea out there for everyone to get on board.

She is putting her artistic and networking skills to good use at the coming Palmy Ukulele Festival, with a ukulele-inspired art exhibition at the Square Edge Community Arts Centre.

"It's all inclusive. It's not about fine art. It's about getting involved and creative. It will be like the ukulele version of wearable arts."

Molloy has a page on the online crowd sourcing sight, Pledge Me, to cover the costs of the gallery space and associated expenses.

"I really just need $500 to do it, that will cover everything and we have a bit more to get and four more days to get it in, so fingers crossed."

Molloy said she wanted as many people as possible to upcycle, recycle and illuminate ukuleles. "We have been spending weekends creating, it's been great. People pop in for a coffee and I plonk things in front of them and they are bit hesitant at first but it doesn't take long for people to get into the swing of it."

Malloy has a wide network of arty friends and said she even had a contribution from America.

"It's so cool, so many people are getting involved. It's going to be fab, really quirky."

People can pledge upwards of $5, with various pledge rewards ranging from your name on a piece of art to ukulele lessons or a personalised art ukulele in the up-cycle recycle style.

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