History of the Easter Art Show
The first Easter Art Show was held in the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron’s old clubhouse in 2010 and was the joint initiative of Past Commodore Bruce Colliver (dec.) and Past Commodore Jenni Maclean.
All funds raised from the sale of artistic works are used solely by BYS to support the rescue boat fleet for junior and community sailing, including the Sailability Access Program.
Through the funds raised, the club purchased a new start boat in 2017 named Bruce in honour of Past Commodore Bruce Colliver, and in 2018 a new Patrol 7 which acts as both a start boat and rescue boat.
The first art show was largely works from local artist James Uhe. Subsequent shows featured many Mornington Peninsula artists and a small but very supportive group of artists from the Bellarine Peninsula. Both the growth and churn of artists have maintained diversity in works exhibited at the art show.
During its nine year history, over 8,000 people have visited the Easter Art Show.
During rebuilding of the BYS clubhouse, the art show had a temporary home at the Blairgowrie Citizens Centre in 2016 then returned to the new Southern Waters Room at BYS in 2017.
The art show continues to offer a broad range of artistic works in a variety of media for sale. At the 2018 show, more than 100 artists were represented with over 300 works on display.
In 2017, both indoor and outdoor sculpture was introduced, which was very well received by BYS members and the community.
Artist prizes are awarded at each show and as the variety of media has increased over the years, so too has the number of awards to artists. Well-regarded judges, including Mrs Noel Waite AO, John Bredl, Dr Wendy Garden and John Cunningham, have given credibility to the Best in Show and specific art media awards.
In 2018, a People’s Choice Award was introduced and this has given art show visitors another opportunity for involvement in the art show.
The art show has been made possible with the support of BYS members and local businesses who have provided prizes for the raffles and silent auctions.
Special thanks to hockingstuart Blairgowrie, Moonee Ponds Periodontics, Beatprint, Fitzpatrick & Co Insurance Brokers, Mike Trumble and the Godfrey family for many years of support.
The following members have also made a significant contribution to organising the event and without their initiative and commitment the Easter Art Show would not be possible:
- Past Commodore Bruce Colliver (dec.)
- Past Commodore Jenni Maclean
- Andrea Devereux
- Sandy Lindholm
- Ronél Redman
- Robyn Leonard
- Sally Derham
- John Coppock
- Keith Redman
Thanks are also extended to many other volunteers who have assisted both during the art show and behind the scenes helping with many tasks.