Excited by the diversity

By Tara Whitsed

The operatic voices of Michael Lapina and Kate Amos will ring out at this year’s Tatura Rotary and Community Art Show.

The 12th annual show will be held on Friday, June 8, in Tatura’s grand Victory Hall, Hogan St.

Kicking off at 7pm, the show will be officially opened by City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Kim O’Keeffe.

Event spokesperson Lynda O’Shannessy said organisers were especially proud to be recognised with Best Community Event at this year’s Greater Shepparton City Australia Day Awards.

‘‘Over the June long weekend from Friday, June 8, to Monday, June 11, many forms of visual art will be exhibited,’’ she Ms O’Keeffe said.

‘‘Along with our regular artists, we have also attracted some new exhibitors from further afield including some sculptural pieces that will add further dimension to our show.’’

Convenor Rhonda Rose said she was excited by the diversity and increased number of entries this year.

‘‘Melida Lempio from Cobram is our feature artist,’’ Ms Rose said.

‘‘Melida has exhibited and sold works each year since the inception of the art show.

‘‘Her belief that ‘art and music is of great substance in your life’ will be exemplified throughout the weekend’s show.’’

Born in Prussia in 1940 to creative parents, Ms Lempio always had a passion to paint and create.

She moved to Cobram more than 50 years ago and the urge to paint always remained in the background.

She exhibits widely in country district art shows and has held three solo exhibitions at The Artists on the Premises at Pfeiffer’s vineyard in Rutherglen.

‘‘Our raffle prize, generously donated by Melida, typifies her current country and farmyard expressions,’’ Ms O’Shannessy said.

‘‘Not always following with convention, Melida enjoys putting some cheekiness in her art.

‘‘She creates titles that encourage the viewer to investigate her humour.

‘‘Melida chooses to work in a variety of mediums and will exhibit acrylics, oils and watercolour pen.’’

Ms O’Shannessy said they were delighted to re-introduce tenor Michael Lapina and soprano Kate Amos for the gala opening night.

‘‘These two highly talented performers are currently engaged with Australia’s leading opera houses,’’ she said.

‘‘We feel privileged to have them travel to Tatura to perform at the opening of our art show.’’

■Tickets are available on the night at the door. Entry is $20, which includes locally made hot savouries, a stage performance and a gallery of fascinating art pieces. All proceeds from this charity event are returned to fund local community projects.