ALL aspects of Western District life were brought to life over the weekend, as part of this year’s Mortlake Art Show.
Co-organiser Cassandra Ellis said the opening gala last Friday welcomed more than 100 people to the exhibition at the Mortlake Returned and Services League (RSL) hall, with an additional 400 visiting the show over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
“It is our best show yet on a lot of levels,” she said.
Interested buyers snatched up 13 pieces across the weekend.
This year’s show welcomed new sponsors in the McAloon family, with two awards named to commemorate former locals Jim and Marie McAloon.
Family member Liz McAloon said the show was a valuable part of the community’s social life.
“It’s so beautiful to encourage this creativity,” she said.
“We value something like this, it builds the community and also encourages creativity.”
Judge Robert Whitson said the exhibition was a “fantastic display of work” from across the Western District.
“This is something I would have found extremely encouraging and inspiring (as a young artist),” he said.
Mortlake artist Michael Gilmour took home the top prize – the Marie and Jim McAloon award for Best in Show – for his oil painting ‘Misty Morn – Lake Brambuk’.
The winner of the Marie and Jim McAloon award for Young Emerging Artist was Caitlin Martin for her piece entitled ‘Grampian View’.
Joyce Blain took home the William Aris Alen award for her piece ‘Mount Noorat on a Foggy Morning’, which best reflected Mortlake and district.
Armour Beardsley received the People’s Choice award for her painting ‘Tea Tree Lake’.
The packers’ prize was presented to Ann Harris for ‘Gateway to Gold’.
Other commended artists were Yvonne Court, Debbie Bond, Letitia Howat, Marie Bonner, James Cody-Davis and the Darlington Art Group.
Ms Ellis said the show was a chance for local artists to easily display their work.
“It’s meant to encourage and inspire local artists,” she said.
“The standard just keeps going up.”
Ms Ellis thanked all of the volunteers who helped organise this year’s show, including Armour Beardsley for catering the launch event and James Cody-Davis for helping hang the artworks.