Art pulls crowd

Hundreds of people, some from as far as Yamba in northern NSW, wandered through Victory Hall for the annual Rotary Art Show last weekend.

ALEXANDRA BOLKAS June 11, 2014 3:25am

Feature artist: Glenda Cornell from Nathalia.


Art Show committee member Richard Graves said he was pleased with this year’s attendance which was expected to net about $15 000 for Tatura Rotary Club.

The art show, now in its eighth year, officially opened on Friday night when 240 people gathered to watch acclaimed opera singers Michael Lapina and Yasmin Ismail perform.

‘‘It was a big coup to have claimed their services again — they performed voluntarily,’’ he said.

Mr Graves said Tatura families donated the majority of the food served on opening night.

During the day more than 40 elderly residents of Goulburn Valley aged care facilities were given a preview of the show and provided with morning tea and lunch.

While on Saturday and Sunday about 600 art admirers flowed through the doors.

‘‘We had a steady flow of people and numbers are slightly up from last year,’’ Mr Graves said.

Hanging on the walls were 455 artworks from 103 local and interstate artists — 56 more than last year’s event.

‘‘This is the largest number of artworks we’ve had because our reputation is growing in art circles,’’ Mr Graves said.

‘‘We’ve had entrants from Bendigo, Melbourne, the Goulburn Valley and southern NSW.

‘‘We’ve got 20 people already on the list to be added to our artist data base for next year.’’

He said the art show’s inclusive culture could be why so many artists were lining up to take part.

‘‘We never knock an artist back,’’ he said.

‘‘Our standard of artwork ranges from emerging to accomplished and everything in between so maybe people don’t feel so overwhelmed because there is a variety of standards.’’

On Monday morning 54 artworks had been sold so far.

Mr Graves said 40 volunteers had worked tirelessly to pull the art show together.

‘‘There is no way known that the Rotary club could do it on our own,’’ he said.

‘‘We rely heavily on community support.’’

He said volunteers were critical to the survival of the art show in coming years.

‘‘For the show to survive in the future the show must be looked upon as a community event,’’ he said.

Mr Graves said about $3000 was raised from the cafe which Sue Mancini organised.

‘‘Sue is an amazing organiser and she put in hours of work setting up the kitchen and organising the food,’’ he said.

Kialla artist Ken Davis donated one of his paintings as this year’s raffle prize.

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