38TH APOLLO BAY ART SHOW
written by Lyndi Whalen and Cate Cousland
The Apollo Bay Art Show first opened its doors in 1976 when Bob and Nancy Davis, with other members from the local Historical Society, took up the suggestion of Freda Amor to hold an art show fundraiser for the society. The very first show was held in the old Butter Factory in Hardy Street and was a resounding success. It then moved to the Catholic School in Noel Street before settling into its home at the Catholic Church hall in Trafalgar Street where it has been an annual fixture for over 30 years.
In the early days the popularity of the show saw long queues waiting to enter and raised close to $9000 in a good year. The show was open to all and like today, provided a venue for local artists notably, Barbara Leorke, Jean Berry and Nancy Hollings. All record keeping was done by hand while financial transactions were either cash or cheque. Lack of security meant people slept overnight in the hall. During the 34 years under the stewardship of the Historical Society there were only a few troubling incidents. Once two customers bought the same painting while on another occasion a painting disappeared out the back door.
In 2010 the local arts community took over the running of the show. This was seen as a good opportunity to both fundraise in support of local arts projects and to encourage a new generation of artists. It led to changes in management with the introduction of computerised record keeping, an online presence through a Blog and Facebook Page and the availability of EFTPOS facilities. Honorarium positions were introduced to secure the future of the show and the opening of the community run Arts Inc Gallery .
Over the past few years grants have been given to Apollo Bay school for sculpture projects, jewelry making and excursions to the Chooky Dancers and the Flying Bookworm Circus. Life drawing sessions and tutorage, the Garden of Eden mural project and prizes for the Apollo Bay Show have also been funded. The Preschool has recently held a 60th Anniversary Art fundraiser in the Gallery.
This year the Show will run over Summer, opening at midday on Friday 26th December and running until Sunday the 4th January, open daily from 11am -5pm. Apollo Bay Arts Inc thanks it many wonderful volunteers and looks forward to welcoming you along.