New heights for Yarra Glen art

''A Tangled Tale'' by Olwyn Conrau is in the Yarra Glen Art Show 2019. 189997_01

By Michael Doran

Following the December call for entries, which have now closed, Yarra Glen Art Show Coordinator Bronwyn Ward said this years show is shaping up to be one of the best ever.

“Although we aim to promote the breadth of local artistic talent, we have also attracted entries from all over Greater Melbourne and beyond, making this a diverse and rich show,” she said. “We will be showcasing a wide range of art works from drawings and paintings through to sculpture, glass and digital art.

“One of our aims this year has been to make this event engaging for all ages. We are really excited to have some interesting pieces in our youth award category, open to Shire residents aged 15-25.

“Our open call means entry was open to anyone of any ability and it is wonderful to hang works from emerging or hobby artists along with established artists from the region and beyond.”

For anyone who finds an artwork they really like, all the works in the show will be for sale, with prices ranging from $50 for an unframed work to $1500 for an original painting or sculpture and buying original art from the event has many impacts.

“Firstly, it is great for the artist to receive recognition and sell their work and it provides the group with a commission to go towards the cost of running the next show. It also provides word of mouth exposure and support for both the artist and the show.”

To add to the festival atmosphere over the long weekend, there will be stilt walker performances up and down the Yarra Glen high street, as well as organised kids activities and demonstrations facilitated by some of the talented artists from the show.

The Opening Night is Friday 8 March from 6-8pm and across the long weekend from 10am to 4.30pm at the Yarra Glen Memorial Hall.


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