Pomonal primed for spe­cial day

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

The ru­ral ham­let of Pomonal near the Grampians is primed to pro­vide the per­fect set­ting for Fa­ther’s Day cel­e­bra­tions this week­end.

Pomonal Pri­mary School is pre­sent­ing its 27th an­nual Pomonal Art Show and fes­ti­val on Satur­day and Sun­day.

The two-day art ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brates all things art and cul­ture, and at­tracts artists from across Vic­to­ria.

It also rep­re­sents an ideal get­away for fam­i­lies keen to pam­per their dads or just about any­one else search­ing for a re­lax­ing week­end.

In the newly built and award-win­ning Pomonal Hall at the base of the Grampians, the set­ting of the event is as much a part of the ex­pe­ri­ence as the art­work it­self.

Pomonal, south-east of Halls Gap, is nes­tled in a tran­quil cor­ner of the Ararat mu­nic­i­pal­ity with pro­found views of the Grampians’ high­est peak, Mt Wil­liam.

It has a rep­u­ta­tion as a gar­den town and is al­ways at its best in the changeover pe­riod be­tween win­ter and spring.

The art ex­hi­bi­tion starts at 10am on Satur­day, with art­work from re­gional artists on dis­play and avail­able to pur­chase all week­end.

Ex­hibitors in­clude this year’s fea­ture artist Stacey Rees. En­try to the ex­hi­bi­tion is $3.

Satur­day night ac­tiv­i­ties from 6.30pm will fea­ture an auc­tion night and fes­ti­val launch.

Art pieces and prod­ucts from district artists and busi­nesses will go un­der the auc­tion­eer’s ham­mer, while vis­i­tors par­take in re­gional wine and nib­bles.

Tick­ets for auc­tion night are $10 each and in­clude sup­per. Drinks will be at bar prices.

Sun­day is fes­ti­val day, where pa­trons will be able to make the most of mar­ket stalls, pro­duce, cof­fee, wine and beer and live mu­sic from Mel­bourne band Tbones and district band But­ter and Jam and the Plas­tic Bags.

There will also be art demon­stra­tions by artists Wayne Dick­in­son and Barb Venn, and a per­for­mance by Pomonal school stu­dents at 1pm.

Or­gan­is­ers have also promised a wealth of chil­dren’s at­trac­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a merry-gor­ound, jump­ing cas­tles, fairy floss, ice-cream and a visit from Halls Gap Zoo an­i­mals.

All money raised from the Pomonal Art Show goes di­rectly to Pomonal Pri­mary School.

The art ex­hi­bi­tion is open from 10am to 4pm Satur­day and 11am to 4pm Sun­day. En­try is $3.

Tick­ets to open­ing night Satur­day are $10 at the door and in­clude home-made sup­per. Or­gan­is­ers also wel­come do­na­tions.

More de­tails are on­line at face­book.com/pomon­alartshow.

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