The 2019 Rotary Club of Victor Harbor Art Show attracts huge crowds

BEST OF SHOW: Judge Alfred Engel and chair of the art show committee Sue Ellers with the number one painting by Victorian artist Ross Paterson.
BEST OF SHOW: Judge Alfred Engel and chair of the art show committee Sue Ellers with the number one painting by Victorian artist Ross Paterson.

The 40th  Rotary Club of Victor Harbor Art Show is currently running on Warland Reserve and there are still many quality paintings for sale.

At the time of print 230 paintings had been sold, including a painting by Allyson Parsons for $6900.

Art Show committee member Rob Williams said sales were down on previous years, but numbers through the tent were “definitely up”.

“The Art Show continues to Saturday, January 19, and the patronage has been very good,” Mr Williams said.    

“Proceeds from the show go to Rotary International projects and to the local community.”

Art Show judge Alfred Engel had the tough task to choose the Best Of Show, which was announced on Preview Night, Friday, January 11.

The winner of the $12,500 cash prize was Victorian artist Ross Paterson’s ‘Summer Lights, Strathbogies’. 

“All the aspects which makes a good painting is in this painting. I give it 10 points for every aspect. It is what I like and it is about emotion,” Mr Engel said.

“The use of light is very good, the painting has strong composition, it is very simple, but very strong.”

Victor Harbor artist Betty Mahoney has entered and sold a painting in each of the 40 years the art show has been held and 2019 was no different. Ms Mahoney was presented with a special award on the Preview evening by Art Show chair Sue Ellers.

Other winners were Platinum – Tom O’Callaghan with his painting ‘Detour’, Lorraine Burns (‘Summer Blooms With Blue’), Gold - Di King (‘Seen Better Days’), Angelo Quabba (‘Gum Leaves With Plums’), Silver – Peter Snelgar (‘Petrel Cove, SA’), Nancy Thurlby (‘A Moment In Time’), Bronze – Janis Lawler (‘Western Plains’) and Softfoot Award – Paul Whitehead (‘Jonathan’).

The Junior winners were Gold –  Lateisha Shirren-Ankar, Eva Sydorenko and Hannah Wilson, Silver – Hailey Northcott, Ezekeil Mueller, Adelaide Decrevel and Mae Irvine.

Mr Engel said everyone is a born artist.

“As children we like to draw, paint and perform.

“You show imagination. “It is special and so is this art show, it has been for 40 years,” he said.

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