Easter art on show

March 29, 2018

John Harris, Bobby Murphy and Chris Whitehouse were busy setting up for the Rotary Easter Art Show this week.

Deniliquin’s Rotary Easter Art Show will this year feature almost 300 artworks from artists across most parts of the country.

The 26th annual exhibition is being hosted in the Multi Arts Centre in Cressy St, Deniliquin, and will be open to the public over four days starting tomorrow.

Edward River Art Society member Jan Harris said the event will feature artworks created with traditional mediums, but has also appealed to a new range of artists this year.

‘‘There’s the normal charcoals, pastels, oils, acrylics and pencil drawings, but for the first time we will also feature some Indigenous artworks from Wagga artists,’’ Mrs Harris said.

‘‘We’ve also received a collagraph entry — believed to be the first for our exhibition — which is a very interesting piece.

‘‘We have a number of first time exhibitors, including a number of young local artists.’’

This year’s exhibition also showcases the growing popularity of photography as an artform, and the sculpture display will also be appealing to art lovers.

The total prize pool of this year’s art show is $12,300, which includes three acquisitive prizes valued at a combined $3,750.

This year’s feature artist is former Deniliquin High School student Kate Small, showcasing some of her wooden furniture designs at the art show.

The art show committee will welcome back Echuca artist Kristen Dyer as a judge, with the introduction of Deniliquin photographer Sally Wright to judge the photography section.

You, the viewer, will also have the chance to be a judge for the exhibition. Visitors will be encouraged to select a ‘Viewer’s Choice’, with the winner announced on Easter Monday.

Works at the exhibition can be purchased, and there is also a chance to win a fantastic pastel painting by Mrs Harris, titled ‘Rock On’. The exhibition will be open from midday to 4pm on Good Friday, from 10am to 5pm on both Easter Saturday and Sunday and from 10am to 2.30pm on Easter Monday.

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