The 2018 Rotary Art Show is known as the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor and Thomas & Mackay Optometrists Art Show and it will be the 39th time it has been held. More than 300 people are expected at the Preview Function on Friday, January 12, from 5pm to 8pm at $30 per ticket. Tickets are purchased on line at www.victorharborartshow.com.au
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. This year’s event has 1268 entries from approximately 400 artists.
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.
Acquisitive prizes are awarded from City of Victor Harbor $5000 and Wes and Susan Seja $5000, followed by RNI Constructions $2500, South Coast Sand & Civil $2250, Dr Darren Waters Orthopaedics $2000, SMP Chartered Accountants $1500, and The Professionals Victor Harbor Real Estate $1000.
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. Member for Finniss Michael Pengilly has donated the $500 People’s Choice Award. G & J Pictures continue to be the major sponsor for the Youth and Junior entries for $250. The Rotary Club sincerely thanks all sponsors.
Demonstration artist on Sunday, January 14, at 11am will be Victoria Rolinski who will paint a scene on the day and it will 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 beautiful glass art by Kate Shierlaw and sculptures from Ian Charlton, Chris Reid and Ben Young.