The Rochester Art Exhibition Committee has taken out the Rochester and district and Campaspe Shire Group of the Year at this year's Australia Day dinner.ELAINE COONEY January 29, 2014 4:33am
Rochester Art Exhibition Committee took home the Rochester and district and Campaspe Shire Group of the Year awards on Australia Day. Pictured are (from left) Peter Anderson, Sharon Herne, Judy Anderson and Heather Darbyshire with Campaspe Shire councillor Leigh Wilson.
The Rochester Art Exhibition Committee took home two awards from the Australia Day celebrations.
The committee of eight volunteers organised last year’s exhibition, which raised $6000 for Rochester and Elmore District Health Service.
Judy Anderson accepted the award and praised the hard-working committee.
Heather Darbyshire, Sharon Herne, Peter Anderson, Matt Sharp, Katy Wileman and Wayne Park were the other members, along with curator Ben Winspear.
Mrs Anderson said the group spent hundreds of volunteer hours working on the exhibition which was held at Rochester’s shire hall last April.
The first Rochester Art Exhibition was held in 2008 and two more followed: one in 2010 and another in 2013.
Mrs Anderson said the group received an anonymous $5000 donation for this year’s exhibition.
Mr Winspear could not make the celebration, but said he was excited about this year’s event which would see the 2006 Archibald Prize-winning painting by Marcus Wills come to Rochester.
Mrs Anderson expressed her surprise at obtaining such a famous painting for this year’s exhibition.
She said she could not believe Australian Galleries Art director Stuart Purves had offered the 2006 Archibald painting ‘The Paul Juraszek Monolith’.
‘‘We were looking for other works of art by an Archibald winner and when he said he’d give us the (winning) painting, I almost fell over,’’ she said.
Rochester and district’s Citizen of the Year Joan Jenkins said she was overwhelmed by the award.
‘‘I wanted to hide under a rock when I found out I received the award,’’ she said.
After scolding the community committees for nominating her, she offered much praise.
‘‘The school and hall committees, the CWA and all the residents make Nanneella a great place to live; they have so much vision for the future,’’ she said.
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