Berwick Artfest

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — The Berwick Artists Society, supported by the Rotary Club of Berwick, recently held its inaugural Berwick Artfest, an exhibition showcasing original artwork from both emerging and professional artists. I was invited to open the exhibition, which took the incredibly hardworking and dedicated Berwick Artists Society over six months to organise. A big crowd attended.

The Berwick Artists Society subcommittee responsible for organising the event included Linda Oeser, Susan March, Mary Murphy, Rosalind Meadmore, Amanda Gray, Bronwyn Hopkins, Sheila Daniels and Wendy Brock. They were ably assisted by the many wonderful members of the artists society who dedicated their time and energy to ensuring that the exhibition was such a success.

Herman Pekel, one of Australia’s leading impressionist painters, was the special guest judge. With over 250 entries spread across a diverse range of categories, this was no easy task; however, Herman awarded the Best in Show award to Gary Miles for his work entitled Orange Dune. It was one of my favourites too. The winners in the various categories included Eric Sheperd, Cherry Beresford, Sylvia Fielding, the super-talented Ern Trembath, Rob Pritchard, Rosemary Todman Parrant, Gary Miles, Ruth Chamberlain — I loved her camellias — and Chantelle Key. The People’s Choice award was shared between Michelin Jones for Budding Masterchef and Jan Long for her piece Together.

The major sponsors of this event included the Rotary Club of Berwick, Minuteman Press, O’Brien Real Estate, Jenny’s Original Boards and Ern Trembath, who donated his painting Farm at Alexandra, valued at more than $2000, for a raffle. The flower arrangements provided by Berwick Flowers were simply stunning. Thank you. The works on display showcased a wealth of talent from the local area.