Port Elliot art competition set to be bigger than ever

The Victor Harbor Art Society is sponsoring a prize for the best painting depicting the “Yesteryear” theme in the Port Elliot Show this year.   

 Art for fun: Ruth McClusky and Meg Taylor at a previous Pt Elliot Show. This years art competition is expected to attract even more participants.

Art for fun: Ruth McClusky and Meg Taylor at a previous Pt Elliot Show. This years art competition is expected to attract even more participants.

This will be a challenge for artists to use their imagination to paint something that represents what might have been happening at the Show in years gone by.  People, places or events could be chosen, so long as they represent the historic period of the last 140 years in which the Pt Elliot Show has been held.

It is a new class for entries in the open art section of the show, and any painting medium can be used. Five other classes for entry are available, including oil and acrylic painting, watercolours and pastels. 

Artists are urged to start preparing their exhibits for the show now, as the closing date for entries is Thursday, September 28. As entries have to be posted, this means completing the entry form and sending it off at least four days before that date to be sure of meeting the deadline.

Entries need to be framed and ready for hanging with free entry, only those who choose to sell their pieces pay a 10% commision fee. Selling is completely optional.

A spokesperson for the Victor Harbor Art Society, who convenes the Open Art section of the Show, said, “We expect to increase the number of entries from last year’s record of 120. 

Any one can enter, and this is an excellent opportunity to show your work to the public at no entry cost and a minimum commission if the work is sold”.