I'm a freelance writer who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula. I enjoy finding new things to see and do in the beautiful area that I live in.
As anyone who has visited will know, it takes less than three minutes to drive through the main street of Winchelsea, a small rural town situated on the Princes Highway, between Geelong and Colac. Most people who are driving through will be heading for the Great Ocean Road, opting for the inland route, and some may stop off in the township to pick up supplies, visit the information centre, stretch their legs or grab a bite to eat.
What most visitors may not realise, from their brief stop, is that Winchelsea also has an artistic side. From November 1 to 4 (inclusive), the Winchelsea Uniting Church will be holding their Art & Photography Show at the historic Globe Theatre. The artworks, created by local artists, will be on sale throughout the Show and it's recommended that you come in early if you want to ensure no one else snatches up the piece you were considering buying. There will also be an exhibition, created by Springdale artists, entitled 'On Memory, Art and Conversation' which is based on people's experiences of dementia. Many may find this theme confronting, but it is one that would definitely produce a varied and somewhat challenging artistic portrayal. Opening night is on Friday 1 November at 7.30pm, and anyone who is serious about purchasing a special one-of-a-kind piece would be best to come to the Show then.
The show will be held at the heritage-listed Globe Theatre in Winchelsea
There will also be a Historical Quilt on display during the show, which depicts the history of Winchelsea and was created by the Winchelsea Quilters Group. This quilt was recently launched by the group, took hundreds of hours to put together and is an art form of a different kind that you should definitely take a look at.
The Winchelsea Uniting Church will be hosting the event
Admission to the Art & Photography Show is only $5 for adults, and students and children are free. If you happen to be driving through the town over the Melbourne Cup Long Weekend, why not stop by and marvel at the artworks on show. Or better yet, make Winchelsea your destination and spend a day or two there. For a rustic experience, with a splash of culture thrown in (by way of the Art & Photography Show), you can't go wrong.