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Art show lures interstate entries

THIS year the Leongatha Rotary Art and Photography Show was held in Mesley Hall to coincide with The Leongatha Daffodil Festival.

The venue was generously provided by Leongatha Secondary College.

Harry Leggett, coordinator of the Leongatha Art and Photography Show, said that while there were entries from NSW and as far north as Queensland, 60 percent of artists were local.

Entries numbered more than 450 at the 2016 show, Leongatha Rotary’s 40th, and had a combined value of over $250,000.

This year, there was a record number of youth entries and for the first time an all abilities category.

Shelley McDermott from Hazelwood, the senior curator at the Latrobe Regional Art Gallery in Morwell, said, “There is a lot of work and I am impressed by the standard overall.”

This was Ms McDermott’s first Leongatha Rotary Art and Photography Show but she is frequently called upon to judge art shows.

She has an honours degree in visual art from Monash University.

Well judged: the judge of the Leongatha Rotary Art and Photography Show, Shelley McDermott, chose Tangerine as Best in the Show. She said, "The distortion is quite disturbing at one level and the work has a brilliant use of colour. The painting invites speculation about the narrative taking place in it. It is well executed and ticked very box."

Well judged: the judge of the Leongatha Rotary Art and Photography Show, Shelley McDermott, chose Tangerine as Best in the Show. She said, “The distortion is quite disturbing at one level and the work has a brilliant use of colour. The painting invites speculation about the narrative taking place in it. It is well executed and ticked very box.”

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