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The Channon mourns the loss of Peter Boyle

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Peter Boyle's partner David Corazza addresses the crowd gathered in his memory at The Channon Gallery last week. Photo Marie Cameron
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Marie Cameron

Last week saw a crowd of well wishers flow onto the street outside the Channon Gallery to celebrate the life of Peter Boyle. Peter, who was a co-director of the Channon Gallery, died on March 8.

In 2011 Peter and his partner in life and business, David Corazza, arrived in the northern rivers to open The Channon Gallery.

From day one their independent, contemporary Australian-art focus made a colourful splash and their reputation as a fine gallery was established.

Peter’s first love was landscape architecture. Born in Brisbane it was in Queensland he co-founded the ‘Living City’ program with the Brisbane City Council and Kelvin Grove State College. His passions included seeing fresh and youthful input into the planning and design of future cities and landscapes.

For many years Peter implemented his landscape designs at the nature lovers’ haven of Berrinba Wetlands Park set in Brown Planes, Queensland.

Peter was one of the founding directors of Verge Urban Landscape Architecture in Brisbane and, with his move, the Channon Gallery became the new Verge headquarters.

Peter Boyle (left) pictued with partner David Corazza, will be sorely missed by art lovers and Channon residents. Photo Marie Cameron.
Peter Boyle (left) pictued with partner David Corazza, will be sorely missed by art lovers and Channon residents. Photo Marie Cameron.

Peter and David’s Channon vision was to provide artists with a quality exhibition space and worldwide exposure. Peter’s talents spanned the gallery’s online presence to coordinating with councils, groups and arts promoters.

His latest venture extended some of the gallery exhibits to the newly established The Art House in Newrybar.

The gallery’s bi-monthly exhibitions took a lot of his time and always Peter was there to greet all who came to the door. His tall and slender frame crowned by a shock of white hair pronounced his wonderful and unique persona.

Peter’s ability for late-night curation was the talking point of many an exhibition. His eye to place and correlate the many exhibits made for continuous and outstanding exhibition experiences. AnA Wojak, Dawn Thirlaway, Stuart Cussons, Paul Roguszka, Imbi Davidson, Rikki Fisher and Matthew Shepard are only a few of the artists who benefited from Peter’s endless support. .

Peter Boyle is sadly missed and the love and support of the community goes to his partner, David Corazza.

For the foreseeable future the Channon Gallery will continue to open its doors under David’s directorship.


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