By Shelby Brooks

BEAR Street in Inverloch will soon be host to a brand-new artistic mecca, brought to fruition by an enterprising family from Kilcunda.

Warren and Maria Reed are in the process of finishing the build on their passion project, ‘Bear Street Inverloch’, a café and gallery which will act as a creative space for all types of local artists.

“This has really been a lifetime in the making and we have finally brought it to fruition,” Maria said.

“We want to make a place for the community to gather and come together for events with really good food.

“It will be an artistic hub for Inverloch. It’s such a beautiful region and there are so many creative people in the area.”

The couple are still swirling ideas for the space, including workshops for pottery and photography, winter solstice festivals, a kids’ play area and a live-in library.

Although they hope to open for Easter, the pair have already started gathering a following for the business on Facebook and Instagram, with many interested collaborators reaching out already.

“It’s been just crazy, we posted about it on the local Facebook sites and the response has just been overwhelming,” Maria said.

Warren said the gallery would have a nature-based theme.

“Everything will have a sustainable quality to it, whether that’s art woven out of natural materials or photography of landscapes,” he said.

“We want to be a little bit different and quirky, and not take ourselves too seriously- art should be accessible to everyone,” Maria added.

“We hope to add more vibrancy to the community.”

Follow Bear Street Inverloch on social media to find out more.