Pomonal primed for special day
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.