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U3A Knox Annual Art Show

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Learn to paint for FREE then show off at the Art Show
U3A stands for University of the Third Age. The Third Age being the age of retirement and slowing down right? Not for this group, U3A instead means time to explore new skills, find those hidden talents, increase that brain power all while making lifetime friends.

U3A Art Show and Festival
Plants plus much much more at U3A Annual Art Show and Festival

This dedicated, not for profit, group caters for people over 45 who wish to keep their minds and bodies active. And to do this, they run over 40 different courses for FREE at their facility in Ferntree Gully. You name a course, they have got it, or they will try to get it put into place for you.

tatting crochet afhgans throws
Tatting - Needle point - Crochet - Fine Art skills still to this Day

Everything from memory work, singing, computing, exercise, travel tips, to the old fashioned art of tatting. As a matter of fact the list is so extensive it might just be easier to follow this nifty link. Just become a member and the courses are FREE.

Art Art Everywhere and Not just a Drop of Paint

For their art course graduates and the wider community, they hold the U3A Knox Annual Art Show and Festival. But for this art show, age is no barrier, anyone with talent can enter. And enter they did. This year there were over 400 entrants or works of art.

Singing in the rain art
Singing and Dancing in the Rain?

This is pure "proof on the canvas" of the skills you gain at this training centre. This 19th Art Show, held on October 10 and 11, 2015 was an outstanding success being almost its biggest ever. It was so big, it sprawled across every room in the building. If it gets any bigger, they will need to bring in a portable building.

Art Winners
Standing Room Only for some Art

Just Some of the Winners

There were outstanding winners in multiple disciplines such as Painting, Pastel, Water colour, Photography,cross stitch and stunning modern twists on old fashioned quilting. Judges had it tough selecting winners, as the quality was top drawer.

Quilting Zebras
Quilted Zebras Strips a Real Stand Out

There was a monster raffle with over $2000 worth of prizes on the offer, so everyone was in with a chance.

Monster Raffle
Monster Raffle over $2000 of Prizes

The weather was perfect for a festival or a spring racing carnival and over 1000 people attending and voted for their "People's Choice" over the weekend.

Black Cavier
Black Cavier Brings Home the Win

Radio Eastern 98.1 was there in their outside broadcast van and kept the platters spinning while entertaining the continuous flow of crowds. It was lovely to put faces to the names of the DJs.

Radio Eastern 98.1
Radio Eastern 98.1 Live Outside Broadcast Your Voice in the Outer East

Devonshire Tea was on everyone's lips as they sat in the beautiful shaded garden or strolled through market stalls and browsed for Christmas presents, second hand books, crafts. unique plants and of course the stunning gallery filled with art on offer for sale.

Market Stalls at the Max
Market Stalls to tempt

The end of the Sunday was a mad dash of happy new art owners collecting that special piece from the gallery. It looked very sad at the end of the day, with only a few pieces not sold, but retained by their artists, as just too precious to sell.

Sea Side Scene Art
So Vibrant you feel you are at the Beach

Kath Brown, organizer for the last 19 years, stated "We made $5800 clear and gave out nearly as much in prizes to the winners. We also sold $2600 worth of paintings and some stalls made over $1000 (craft and garden stalls) and the bookstall made about $700."

But don't fret that you have missed out, as this is an Annual event. So now is the perfect time to sign up for that oil or acrylic painting course and become the artist you have always dreamed of being. Stalls can be booked via the U3A office and entry forms are always up on their website. See their website for the rest of the story

I hope I can vote for your work next year as the People's Choice Award. This years People's Choice Award went to "Shining Waters" by artist Brigitte Salwat.

Peoples Choice Award Shining Waters Brigitte Salwat
Peoples Choice Award Shining Waters
Photograph by Brigette Salwat. All other Photography Copyright of Photojournalist Tricia Ziemer.
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Why? See the Art Exhibition and stock up on Christmas Gifts
When: Annually In October
Phone: 03 9752 2737
Where: 1 A Park Boulevard, Ferntree Gully Vic 3156
Cost: Gold Coin Donation
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