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Art and Soul of Boroondara

The time to get judged, framed and hung is here again for artists as the annual Camberwell Art Show returns to Glenferrie Hawthorn at Swinburne University’s ATC Building, 427 Burwood Road, Hawthorn. From 24 June to 2 July 2023, patrons can enjoy works of art, by amateur and experienced artists alike, and purchase any that may take their fancy. The exhibit proudly raises funds for Rotary affiliated charities.

Blue Jug with Nasturtiums by Cherry Manders

Each year since the show’s 1966 debut, local artists have taken the opportunity to exhibit their work, mingle with other crafty cats, compete for awards, and perhaps even make a sale. There are a variety of awards for the artist's works, including ‘best-in-show’. With $40,000 in total of prize money given away.

Narrowed down to around 1,000 pieces on display Teresa Molella, one of the organisers of this year’s show, explained that "…we get so many entries that we do have to have a certain standard because there's just not enough room for everything. Plus having a limit on the number is better because there's more chance every piece will be seen." Teresa added that “around 25% of the artworks exhibited usually find a buyer.”

A team of three judges have been assigned the unenviable task of picking stand-out works from the selection for the variety of awards. Curator, Brenda Innes, explained that “judging a winner is made easier because there are clearly defined parameters for each category. Winning works will show outstanding craftsmanship in a particular medium that can only be achieved using that medium.” Each year’s winner, explains Brenda “is breathtaking in its concept, either pushing boundaries or hits the viewer powerfully with its skill, artistry, meaning and beauty. It is easy to see when an artwork is painted with "heart" as well as "head" and they usually stand out very clearly in a crowded room of artwork.”

Luna Park by Cherry Manders

This year’s show sees the introduction of two thematic categories; firstly, the ‘Canson Best Equine Award’, in which artists have taken inspiration from horses as a central subject. Secondly, the ‘Best Pastel’ work category, sponsored by the Pastel Society of Victoria. Also this year, artists have been invited to take part in the ‘Plein Air’ Day challenge. From the French expression En Plein Air, which translates as ‘painting outdoors’, artists create a painting in under three hours within the City of Boroondara. Renowned watercolourist Joseph Zbukvic will award the winning piece on 24 June.

Throughout the show patrons can also attend demonstrations of painting techniques by ten leading artists working in the mediums of oil, pastel and watercolour. These live demonstrations will be followed by insightful discussions with the artists, sharing knowledge on how to maximise your medium of choice. There are a range of demonstrations on offer throughout the show. Check for details.

Nightpark by Simon Lowe

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