The 2018 Rotary Art Show will be held for the 39th time and it is expected more than 10,000 people will flock through the big marquee on Warland Reserve.
This year’s event has 1268 entries, 150 more than last year, from approximately 400 artists.
The club will host its Preview Function on Friday, January 12, from 5pm to 8pm. The show open to the public on Saturday, January 13, from 9.30am to 8.30pm through to Saturday, January 20. Entrance fee is $6.
Entries are from Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia and a large contingent of high quality work from Victoria, in addition to many highly regarded and award winning South Australian artists. Prize money up for grabs totals $34,650, with the major award the Corporate Prize, worth $12,500 cash.
New Prizes for 2018 are the Softfoot Award for Native Australian Animals and Birds $750 and the Australian Landscape Award in memory of Terry Lewitzka of $500 donated by Lorraine Lewitzka and family.
Demonstration artist on Sunday, January 14, at 11am, will be Victoria Rolinski, who will paint a scene on the day and be for sale. A popular event is the ‘Walk-thru with the artist’ and award-winning artists Lorraine Lewitzka will be on Tuesday, January 16 and Bruce Davey on Friday, January 19, at 10 am
The Art Show is the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor’s major fundraiser and has contributed more than $1.5 million to local community needs, Australian disasters and International aid. Also on display will be glass art by Kate Shierlaw and sculptures from Ian Charlton, Chris Reid and Ben Young.
Chairperson of the art show committee Sue Ellers said this year’s show “will be a big one”.
“We are hoping to raise $80,000 to $100,000 from this year’s show and it would not be possible with out the support of volunteers and our sponsors,” Sue said.
“The quality of the work is outstanding and I am always amazed how the standard of the art rises each year. The prize money on offer makes our art show very attractive for artists to enter. They do love being part of it.”