Popular art show
ABUMPER harvest is now over and the King Valley community turn their minds to the region’s annual cultural zenith; the King Valley Art Show (KVAS).
The weather cools, the footy cranks up and artists from Warrnambool to Underbool and Campbellfield to Whitfield are burning the midnight oil creating wonderful works of art for the 2015 King Valley Art Show.
Over 350 entries are expected to fill the King Valley Cucina function room to bursting point from 10am on Saturday, June 6 to 5pm on Monday, June 8.
They will be competing for $15,000 of prizes.
This is the highest prize money ever offered by the KVAS, a significant achievement by the organisers and sponsors as the event approaches its 20th year in 2017.
These awards are well sought after by artists however they are certainly not the only way for artists to impress the 1000 or so patrons that attend over the Queen’s Birthday weekend.
Sales at the KVAS have been very solid for several years now. This year’s judge is Tony Flint. Tony is a North East artist with an enviable track record.
Born in 1950 in Renmark, South Australia Tony has lived his entire life in the rural regions of Victoria and South Australia.
His work concentrates on the Australian landscape, its history and issues.
For over 35 years Tony has been exhibiting his work around Australia.
His paintings are sought after by individuals and corporations and appear in collections including the National Gallery of Victoria.
The major sponsor, Dal Zotto Wines, is again funding the Grand Winner prize of $3000.
Many sponsors are long time supporters of the King Valley Art Show.
Sponsors include Hargraves Secured Investments, King River Estate, RBA Financial Group, Eminence Wines, Boonderoo Farm, King Valley Tourism Association and Casa Luna Gourmet Accommodation.
Sponsor numbers continue to grow with more recent additions being Ovens & King Builders, Flying Duck Wines, Brown Brothers and Domaine Chandon.
Both Pizzini Wines and Chrismont have returned to the stable of sponsors in 2015.
They offer two new awards - a $750 Printmaking prize and a Still Life in pastel or watercolour, both acquisitive.
The ‘Friends of the Art Show’ have also increased in number, enabling KVAS to offer three significant non acquisitive prizes which attract even more high quality entries.
For more information and bookings visit www.kingvalleyartshow.com.au or search for “kingvalleyartshow” to get to their Facebook page.