Creative display

By Shepparton News

Artists from across the country submitted artwork as part of the 12th Rotary Club Community Art Show in Tatura on the weekend.

Event organiser Rhonda Rose said this year’s exhibition included more than 450 artworks of various art forms, including paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures and ceramics.

She said the show had artists as young as 14 right up to those in their 80s, some who had never exhibited before, others who had exhibited for all 12 years.

‘‘We try to encourage everybody to have a go, especially local artists,’’ Ms Rose said.

‘‘Majority of our artists are from the Goulburn Valley.’’

Ms Rose said during the three-day event, artist Lynton Allan did a number of live pastel artworks and special guest musicians from Mooroopna Secondary College and St Paul’s Lutheran Church choir each performed musical pieces.

She said tables and chairs were scattered throughout the exhibition to create a relaxed setting for people to come and enjoy.

‘‘It’s a really lovely atmosphere,’’ she said.

Ms Rose said the event had not only provided artists with the chance to share their work, but it had also raised more than $40000 to put back into community groups and charities during the past 12 years.

She said the show had received extensive support from businesses, organisations and individuals who continued to make the show possible each year.

Ms Rose said at this year’s Australia Day award ceremony the art show received the Best Community Event award for Tatura where the judges were so impressed they entered the event in the Greater Shepparton competition, which had it awarded with Best Community Event for the Goulburn Valley.