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.
The other award winners were: Young Citizens, Georgia Wickham and Paige Crouch; Sportsperson, Mandy Dingwall; Junior Sportsperson, Jesse Hardess and Event of the Year, Bamawm Centenary Celebrations.
Great time had at this year's Barmah Muster.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Friday’s annual primary inter-school cross country meet will see a broader variety of students taking part, as well as the introduction of a new finish line.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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