There has been one constant over the 40 years the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor Art Show has been held.
Victor Harbor artists Betty Mahoney has entered a painting every year and 2019 will be no different.
The club is celebrating its 40th year of holding the event and it is a nostalgic time, as the guest judge is Alfred Engel.
Alfred Engel was the show’s first art show committee chair 40 years ago and the Encounter Bay artist has been invited by the art show committee to judge the 2019 event.
The 40th award winning art show will be held on Warland Reserve with a ticketed Preview on January 11, 2019, then open to the public from Saturday, January 12, to Saturday, January 19.
Betty is proud to be part of such an iconic event as the Art Show.
“I have not missed a year and this year I will be entering three paintings,” Betty said.
Betty’s landscape works have proven popular with the thousands of visitors who enter the art show marquee on Warland Reserve.
She has at least sold one of her paintings each year.
“I am inspired to paint through my travelling. Going to places like Kakadu, Arnham Land and the River Murray gives you great motivation,” she said.
“It does not work if you do not know what to paint. The art show does a lot for our community and a great thing for Victor. It attracts a lot of people and a lot of credit must go to Alfred (Engel) for getting this going.
“We have many artists here and this gives us a great opportunity to show our work.”
Betty remembers the first art show 40 years ago vividly, as the paintings were displayed on the lawns of Warland Reserve and nor under cover in the marquee.
“I remember it clearly, as someone was critical of my work, but I sold it. I don’t mind really, as it is always good to listen to other people’s opinions,” she said.
Even past 80, Betty is still motivated to paint, as she feels fortunate to be as fit as she is.
“I always look forward to this show. It is the biggest and best community art show.”