Visitor numbers doubled for this year’s Art Show Pakenham.
Residents of Cardinia took the opportunity to spend their weekend inside away from the cold autumn weather to view the amazing exhibition and enjoyed some hearty soup and Devonshire teas from the CWA.
Jillian Ronald, a member of the organising committee, said she received many comments from visitors and the judges said that this was the highest quality show to date.
The committee was pleased with how the exhibition came together.
“Our aim is to provide the best quality art show we can to support artists and give the residents the opportunity to see and purchase original art,” Ms Ronald said.
Best in Show was won by well-known local artist Sue Jarvis from Gembrook.
Sue is a painter, photographer, art teacher, art consultant, judge and historian and her gallery and garden are available for wedding hire.
Sue has shown in Art Show Pakenham (formerly the Yakkerboo Festival Art Show) since the 1980s.
She has numerous works in the Cardinia Shire Collection and two portraits in Melbourne’s State Library.
Two local artists entered Art Show Pakenham for the first time and won prizes.
Calvin Osborne won the Cardinia Award with his artwork The Paperman, an ink drawing of his local hero, former Star News Group managing director Ian Thomas.
Judges said Calvin’s piece was “a strong graphic line of a newspaper background, iconic of black and white use… with strong reference to local and earlier times”.
Mark Dinnie won The SECAN Contemporary First Prize with his artwork Secret Gardens Midnight Wanderings, which the judges said had “strong contrast, vibrancy in colour and brush stroke”.
Both Calvin and Mark are former employees of Star News Group.
Artist Jacob Dendulk won the Young Artist award with his dramatic piece Polymer Toucan.
Jacob recycled plastic to create his bold Toucan Artwork and was excited to have sold his piece.
Judges said it was an inventive use of Polymer textures, striking colour, bold representation of the Toucan.
Visiting artist Sukhpreet Singh from India was able to enter his impressive artwork of the Sikh Golden Temple.
Sukhpreet has travelled the world to America, Canada and England to display his painting. It took one year to paint expressing the message that all people are welcome to come and visit Sikh Temples.
The painting has been on display at the Sikh Temple in Officer.
For more on the art show and full results, pick up a copy of this week’s Pakenham-Berwick Gazette.