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For those of you who don't know where Mortlake is, it is situated in the Western District of Victoria on the Hamilton Highway about 50 kilometres north-east of Warrnambool.
Opening evening will be held on Friday 10 June between 6 pm and 9 pm. Tickets are $25 per person and available at the door and this includes refreshments.
Fish Print by Talia Balzan (2015). Image courtesy of Mortlake Art Show and Talia Balzan.
Entry to the show on Saturday the 11th (10 am to 4 pm), Sunday the 12th (10 am to 4 pm), and Monday the 13th (10 am to 3 pm) is by gold coin donation.
Mortlake has held art shows for a number of years now and in 2015 a group of like-minded people, operating under the auspices of the Mortlake Community Development Committee (MCDC) came together to stage the first Mortlake Art Show as it's known today.
The 2015 event was officially opened by local artist and environmentalist, Richard Weatherly and it attracted over 300 people across the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend.
In Search of Light by James Cody-Davis (2015). Image courtesy of Mortlake Art Show and James Cody-Davis.
There were over 100 artists who showed their works with around 50% being sold on or shortly after the show. The opening evening on the Friday night was a great success and attracted over 80 paying guests who enjoyed mixing with artists.
The Mortlake Art Show takes inspiration from other Art Shows around the nation and hopes that artists from near and far will join in the celebration each year.
If you would like to be one of the 2016 artists, all you need to do is get cracking and produce a piece that you could enter into the art show.
There will be a small charge of $10 per piece for artists wishing to enter the show,;18 years and under are free and you still have plenty of time to enter as they close at 5 pm on Friday 13 May 2016.
Still Life by Cassie Ellis 2015. Image courtesy of Mortlake Art Show and Cassie Ellis.
There are a number of categories that you can enter.
The Open for 18 years and over, where they have prizes for the following:
Best in Show (Acquisitive) Second Prize Third Prize
The Junior for 18 years & under, where they have prizes for the following:
Youth under 18 Youth Encouragement Awards (x3) Junior Under 12 Junior Encouragement Awards (x3)
Combined All Ages with they have the following:
Opening Night - People's Choice Award - Judged, and presented, on the opening night.
William Aris Alen Award (Acquisitive)
Prominent Mortlake artist of the 1800s, painting in the realist style and using fauna subjects as well as landscapes. Entries will be judged on their representation of Mortlake or the Western District of Victoria.
Best in Show and William Aris Alen awards will be acquired by the Mortlake Visual Arts Group (operating under the auspices of the Mortlake Community Development Committee Inc) and will be displayed in community buildings in Mortlake.
The Beginning - Mortlake by Michelle Fox (2015). Image courtesy of Mortlake Art Show and Michelle Fox
So whether you are interested in coming along to the 2016 Mortlake Art Show or are either an established or up and coming artist, ,you should put the 10th to the 13th of June 2016 into your diary. You never know, you may find the piece of artwork that would look great at home.