Warm­ing to new art show times­lot

Shepparton News - - FEATURE WEEKEND -

Fea­tur­ing guest artist Mel­ida Lem­pio, the sev­enth an­nual Nathalia Art Show will be held later this month.

Hosted by the Ro­tary Club of Nathalia, the event was shifted from its pre­vi­ous times­lot in late win­ter to al­low for warmer con­di­tions, ac­cord­ing to art show com­mit­tee chair Eve Attwood.

“We hope to at­tract more artists and vis­i­tors too at this time of year,” she said.

“Al­ready we have had in­ter­est shown, and re­quests for en­try forms from Årst-time artists to our event.”

Ms Attwood said the ‘fea­tured artist’ was new to the art show and Ms Lem­pio would fea­ture a va­ri­ety of her pieces at the event.

Af­ter mov­ing to Co­bram more than 50 years ago, Ms Lem­pio be­gan learn­ing the craft and soon be­came the sec­re­tary of Co­bram and Dis­trict Art So­ci­ety.

She has suc­cess­fully ex­hib­ited at the Court House Co­bram, the Ruther­glen Labour Day week­end art show and the De­niliquin Easter Art Show — to name just a few.

Like many visual artists, Ms Lem­pio loves ex­plor­ing the qual­i­ties of var­i­ous medi­ums and works with oils, acrylics, wa­ter colours and most re­cently black Sta­bilo pen.

Small birds and plants con­tinue to be her pas­sion, and Ms Lem­pio never fails to throw some cheek­i­ness into her art.

There will also be two in-house artists at­tend­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion: Mooroopna artist Carol Evans on Satur­day and Nu­murkah artist Bev Wil­liams on Sun­day. Each artist will at­tend from about 11 am to 3 pm.

Ms Attwood said the ex­hib­ited art­works would be judged by Dr Julie Gross McA­dam and the win­ners would be an­nounced on open­ing night.

“There will be cater­ing done by the Nathalia CWA Night­watch ladies on Satur­day and Sun­day; pro­ceeds from their food sales will go to their causes,” she said.

“Cape Horn Win­ery will be at the Fri­day night event with tast­ings and sales of their wines.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be ofÅ­cially opened by State Mem­ber for Shep­par­ton Suzanna Sheed about 7.30 pm (doors open 6.30 pm) on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 26 fea­tur­ing Ånger foods and drinks at a cost of $10.

There will also be a rafAEe, with tick­ets cost­ing $2 each or $5 for three.

The win­ner will take away a framed pas­tel piece called Lost in Time by fea­tured artist Mel­ida Lem­pio. This will be drawn about 3 pm on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28 and will be fol­lowed by the Peo­ple’s Choice an­nounce­ment.

The venue will be open be­tween 10 am and 4 pm on Satur­day and Sun­day; en­try is $5 per adult.

There is a colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion with en­tries from chil­dren at the two Nathalia pri­mary schools, and their pieces will also be on dis­play all week­end.

Prizes will be awarded to Årst and sec­ond place from each school.

The Nathalia Art Show runs from Oc­to­ber 26 to 28 at the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Robert­son St, Nathalia.

Nathalia Art Show’s fea­tured artist Mel­ida Lem­pio.

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