Rotary set up their annual art exhibition in Clare Town Hall

The Rotary Club of Clare art exhibition director Ian Howlett with friends of Rotary Ann Hawker and Zeenee Michael setting up the show in Clare Town Hall.

The Rotary Club of Clare art exhibition director Ian Howlett with friends of Rotary Ann Hawker and Zeenee Michael setting up the show in Clare Town Hall.

Members and friends of the Rotary Club of Clare have put on their aprons and headed to the Clare Town Hall to set up their annual art exhibition and fundraiser.

With around 450 different art pieces allocated on a maze-like temporary walls setup, Rotarians are hoping to top last year's 1800 visitor count with this year’s effort.

Director of the exhibition Ian Howlett said they will be welcoming their sponsors for a special Gala opening on Friday, May 19 and the public will be welcome after 6pm.

“There will be a huge variety of paintings – in both size and colour – as well as sculptures,” Mr Howlett said.

“We’ve got works coming from artists based in regional and metropolitan South Australia, NSW, Western Australia and Victoria.

“It’s all coming together really well.”

Cash prizes will be awarded to the exhibition winners over a number of categories.

These include $5000 for best in exhibition, $3000 for best outdoor sculpture public art and $1500 each for best Clare Valley themed painting and Watercolour / Gouache painting

The winning art pieces in these categories will be acquired by some of exhibition sponsors as a bonus reward.

The art can also be purchased by visitors and a sales team will be available at all times the event is open – but pieces can only be collected once the exhibition has concluded.

“Last year we sold 20 per cent of the artworks which is an exceptionally high clearance,” Mr Howlett said.

“All the profits from the exhibition will be donated to the Neagles Rock Conservation Group and the Clare Show Society.”

Non-acquisition prizes will also be issued with prize money only – some of $1500. 

Hard at work: Friends and Rotarians sorting out the paintings for the art exhibition.

Hard at work: Friends and Rotarians sorting out the paintings for the art exhibition.

The exhibition will then be open from 9am – 5pm on Saturday, May 20, 10am – 5pm on Sunday, May 21, till Wednesday, May 24, and 10am – midday on Thursday, May 25.

From Saturday onwards an entry fee of $3 will apply.

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