Yesterday, the day that everything was on in Brisbane (Parklife, Sunset Sounds and an odd birthday party/house warming here and there), we decided to make our merry way to the Coast of Gold for 19 KAREN's 1 year anniversary.

We had spent the afternoon crawling through the streets of Surfers Paradise, and were certainly looking forward to escaping the hoard of shirtless, southern cross tattooed bogans. That and the impending doom of the "dust storm" (which was really just a mass meeting of teenagers in fake tan).  
Thankfully, we found sanctuary at 19 Karen.
It was our first time visiting the warehouse-turned-gallery, and it was MASSIVE (think your bedroom x 20... unless you have a really fucking big bedroom to begin with).

Upon entering, we were greeted by an array of girls dressed in "pin-up" costumes, who then handed us the most delicious pastries, 19 KAREN - you had us at hello!

Then our eyes feasted upon the artworks of Vitor Dos Santos, Johnny Romeo and Benjamin Reeve - it was truly a visual orgasm.

More than pleased with the all around happy-go-lucky ambience, beautiful music by (please forgive me, I forget his name, but he did play "Rich Girls" on his cello and it was amazing), platters of food (a general plus in our books) and the friendly people who occupied the place. 

We were sad that we had to leave, and catch the train home (yes, none of us have a car, let alone our learners). Though we were certainly glad to have made the trip up. We are definitely inspired by how much both Mariam Arcilla and Terri Lew (the directors/creators of 19 Karen) have achieved in just one year. We expect even bigger and greater things from this budding gallery in the years ahead. Thank You for having us ladies, expect to see us again.

please visit their website: 
or join their facebook group: 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace

here are some photos: