Going, going ...: Punters at the opening night of a special 30 x 30 exhibitionlast year, which raised more than $16,000 for Arrowtown's Lakes District Museum


Proving size doesn’t count, a ‘‘small art’’ exhibition which opened just before Christmas raised more than $16,300 for the Lakes District Museum through sales.

Organised by the Arrowtown Creative Arts Society (ACAS), the exhibition featured 139 works, all of which were limited in size to 30 square centimetres.

In total, 58 ACAS artists put pieces in — and another 21 canvases had to be produced to replace works sold on the spot and taken home.

The show also included an auction of amateur works made by well-known Arrowtowners, which raised $7200 for the museum.

A diorama of local drinkers at The Fork and Tap, by Dave Gent of The Exponents fame, raised $1000 — it was topped by $1 for a Marion Botherway photo, while British Open champion Sir Bob Charles painted a golf course scene which went for $500.

ACAS chair Paul Rea says the 30 x 30 size made the art affordable and possibly easier to place in nooks and corners of collectors’ homes.

Total sales exceeded $25,000 — the money going to the museum’s been boosted by another $2000 from Mackersy Property.

Museum director David Clarke says he’s ‘‘so grateful’’ for the support.