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

The 2016 Rotary Club of Bacchus Marsh Art Show and Sale

Total Prize Money: $7,500 

Including one Acquisitive Award

Entries Close 19th May 2016 

This major art event has developed a considerable following over the 45 consecutive years of its presentation.  Held every Queen’s Birthday Weekend, the exhibition attracts artists from all over Australia and is enthusiastically supported by local residents and visitors alike. Its popularity and success is manifests as it now prepares to celebrate its 46th year this Queen’s Birthday weekend – June 10th to 13th 2016.

This is a much sought after exhibition opportunity and an important fundraising activity for the Bacchus Marsh Rotary Club, enabling considerable support for many local and international projects.

Details of the 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 will be held on Friday evening, June 10th 2016 at 7pm. Entry is by ticket only. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Public Viewing and Sales: Saturday June 11th to Monday June 13th.

Entry Forms: Links to two downloadable forms – the 2016 Entry Form and details of the Grow West Landscape Prize are available below.

All details are to be found on the Entry Form.

46th Art Show 2016 Entry Form

Grow West Landscape Prize Information for Artists 2016


Our Judge for 2016 is Dr. Petra Kayser

Dr Petra KayserPetra Kayser, Curator, National Gallery of Victoria

Dr Petra Kayser is a curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Victoria. She has curated exhibitions on subjects as diverse as Renaissance images of Apocalypse and war, satirical prints, and colonial Australian works on paper. Petra’s research interests include Renaissance print culture, the early modern history of art and science (particularly in the context of the Wunderkammer), and German art from the early decades of the 20th century, the so-called Weimar era. She has published numerous essays including an award-winning article ‘The Intellectual and the Artisan: Wenzel Jamnitzer and Bernard Palissy uncover the Secrets of Nature’, published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art in 2008.




 Judge’s comments on the 2015 show 

(Serena Bentley – Assistant Curator Contemporary Art  NGV):

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 

Friday 10th June 2016 Official Opening 7pm

Tickets:    $35.00 – 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) – $20

Adults – $8

Children (school-age) – $5

Pre-school children – Free 

Concessions – $5

Concessions:   Pension Card

                       DVA Card

                              Healthcare Card

                      (NOT Seniors Card)