Best Oil Painting First Prize 2015: Jo Reitze for “Our garden in Autumn”

The Rotary Club of Bacchus Marsh Art Show and Sale  

This is an annual event in Bacchus Marsh and it has developed a considerable following over the 45 consecutive years of its presentation. The show is held over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend and is considered to be the pre-eminent Art Show of the District.

Details of this event:

Enquiries: Please phone the Art Show Secretary on 0487 770 362 or email cabried@gmail.com for information on submission of entries, show opening dates and times and the Gala Opening night.

Gala Opening Night: This event is held on the Friday evening. Entry is by ticket only. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Public Viewing and Sales: Saturday to Monday.

Entry Forms: Links to two downloadable forms the 2016 Entry Form and details of the Grow West Landscape Prize will be available in 2016.

All details are to be found on the Entry Form.

45th Art Show 2015 Entry Form

Grow West Landscape Prize Information for Artists 2015


Our Judge for 2015 was Serena Bentley

Serena Bentley is a New Zealand born, Melbourne based curator and art writer who holds a Master of Arts in art history with first class honours from the University of Auckland.  She is currently Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art, at the National Gallery of Victoria. Prior to this, she worked as Artistic Program Manager at artist development organisation and biennial festival Next Wave, and in various roles at commercial galleries including: Anna Schwartz Gallery (Melbourne), Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (Sydney) and Starkwhite (Auckland) as well as a Curatorial Assistant at Auckland Art Gallery. She is also an arts writer and was mentored by curator Hannah Mathews as part of Gertrude Contemporary’s 2011 Emerging Writers Program. In 2012 she undertook a curatorial residency at Cemeti Art House in Yogyakarta and was a 2014 recipient of an Ian Potter Foundation travel grant to research contemporary visual arts practice in Taipei and Manila.Serena was curator of the Federation Court commission Rock Melt by Sydney-based artist Jamie North at NGV International (2015) and co-curator (with Jane Devery) of The Kaleidoscopic Turn at NGV Australia (2015). Independent exhibitions curated by Serena include: Rohan Wealleans: In Space No-One Can Hear You Collect Rocks at Mail Box Art Space, Melbourne (2014); Yvonne Todd, Wall of Seahorsel at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne/Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2012) and the group exhibition From the depths of suburbia, recent photomedia from Auckland at Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane/Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland (2009).  She is currently developing an exhibition of photography and video exploring Pacific Island diaspora in the work of New Zealand-based Pacific Island artists.

Judges comments for the 2015 show:

I was greatly impressed by the calibre of work presented at this year’s exhibition.  There are a lot of talented artists in Bacchus Marsh!

It is obvious that the influence of the landscape looms large for a lot of the artists showing here.  That said, I was also excited to see some artists moving into different territory, both in terms of subject matter and medium.

Art prizes are great for generating discussion about art, about what you like and don’t like (which is entirely subjective I might add!) but also difficult, because obviously it is not possible to give a prize to everyone.

Creating art can be an intensely personal experience, and it takes courage to present your work in public, so I’d like to thank each and every artist involved for their generosity in sharing their work with us for this event.


Major Prize Winners 2015:

Diana Gibson Award for the Best Oil painting in the Show

First Prize: Jo Reitze for “Our garden in Autumn” – used to be a local

Second Prize: Mara Hayler for “Hydrangeas, singed, Jindivick Fires, 2009” – a local artist

Diana Gibson Award for the Best Watercolour in the Show

First Prize: Barbara Rothwell for “Tasmania Coastal Cliff”

Second Prize: Catherine O’Neill for “Autumn – Khankoban”

Diana Gibson Award for the Best any other medium in the Show

First prize: Jan Long for “Waterfall”

Second Prize: Noniann Lier for “Kiss me Quick”

Best Artwork by Local Artist

Ri Van Veen for” Lerderderg Gorge”

Best Small Painting

Tegan Neville for “Web of Life”

Best 21 Years and Under

Ayla Gigacz for “Lost…” – a local artist

Local Content Prize

Lisa Palmer for “Graham’s Dam” – a local artist

Best photograph

Kien Lam for “Through my Lenses 1”

Grow West  – Landcare- Acquisitive


First Prize: Alison Durham for “Bacchus Marsh Weed Shirts” – a local artist

Second Prize: Sue Muldowney for “Step Up”

2015 Moorabool Shire Acquisitions

Lisa Palmer’s “Graham’s Dam” and John Walsh’s “Evening Light, Taradale”

People’s Choice Winner and some Local Runners –up 

Keri Adcock for her acrylic painting titled “ Snowy Creek, Bright”

Keri was the outright winner and is from Sunbury.

 Three local artists were runners-up in the People’s Choice:

Lynda Holloway for her oil painting titled “ Peppercorn Hole

Brian Lawrence for his acrylic painting titled “ The Bridee at Rest

Lisa Palmer for her photograph titled “ Graham’s Dam”. This photograph also won the Local Content prize.


Admission and Ticket Prices (to be advised)

Friday 10th June 2016 Official Opening 7pm

Tickets:     includes champagne, supper, live music and pre-selection sale of art

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June: 10am to 5pm

Monday 13th June: 10am to 4pm

Ticket Categories:      

                    Family (2 adults and school-age children) 


Children (school-age) 

Pre-school children free


Concessions:   Pension Card

                  DVA Card

                           Healthcare Card

                 NOT Seniors Card