South Australian Premier Steven Marshall attends to the preview night at the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor Art Show

The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor Art Show opened its marquee on Warland Reserve with two special events.

One was the inaugural sponsors night on Thursday, January 7 and the other was the preview night on Friday, January 8.

The tent is open to the public to view more than 1300 paintings and sculptures from Saturday, January 9 to 16.

Commission received form the sale of the art works go to community and international projects. South Australian Premier Steven Marshall attended the preview night and spoke on how important the arts are to communities and the economy.

"I congratulate the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor for maintaining this important event for Victor Harbor and South Australia," Mr Marshall said.

The 2020 event is the 42nd time the club has held the art show.

Rod Bax had the unenviable task of judging the art, but was full of praise for Iroda Adil's paining 'In the Rose Garden - Leonardo Da Vinci', which won Best of Show and the first prize of $12,500. The painting also sold for $2400.

Mr Bax said Iroda's painting was a worthy winner of the 2021 Victor Harbor Art Show.

"Floral works as subject matter have long been a source of inspiration for many artists. The compositional choices have been varied from still life displays on classical shelves to fields of wild poppies," Mr Bax said.

"Iroda's depiction of da Vinci roses demonstrates a wonderful sense of confidence in manipulating the palette knife to depict such delicate blooms in such a frenzy of marks.

"A close observation shows a complex textured combination of shades of bold colour against a dark complimentary background. The further one moves from the work the tender quality of the roses emerge with each step.

"It is a wonderful contemplative work on many levels."

The Art Show attracts approximately 10,000 visitors and sales in 2021 are up on past years at this stage.

The Victor Harbor Rotary Club receives outstanding support from the City of Victor Harbor, the local community and the many local businesses each year and in 2021, McDonalds Victor Harbor have been awarded the naming rights to the art show.

Chairman of the art show committee David Elliott said there had been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the art show going ahead.

"Initially it was a big decision to hold the event not knowing the possible effect of the COVID-19 virus come January, but now we are here," David said.

"Everything is in place for this popular annual event to proceed, managing all the necessary requirements as required to meet COVID restrictions. Entries are again very strong, within the vicinity of 1300 being displayed and ready for purchase."

All art works and sculptures are for sale and proceeds from the art show each year go to support many local organisations, as well as national and international Rotary Aid programs.

Other features for the Art Show include 'Walk Through the Marquee' with Alfred Engel on Tuesday, January 12, at 10am, Lorraine Lewitzka on Thursday, January 14, at 10am and an Artist Live Demonstration by Alan Ramachandran, which was held on on Saturday, January 9.

This story Art Show number 42 is now open first appeared on The Times.

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