Warming to new art show timeslot
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.