ONE of the Mornington Peninsula’s premier art shows – the Red Hill art show – is returning virtually after a year’s hiatus.
Art Red Hill comes back to life in style on Friday 20 May with a party to launch the fortnight-long virtual exhibition.
The show has emerged as the jewel in the peninsula’s art crown since its inception 42 years ago, drawing talent from the region and beyond.
An evening of music, art and drinks will be held on a private property in Main Ridge to mark the start of Art Red Hill, which also serves as the key fundraiser for Red Hill Consolidated School.
Principal Gus Wettenhall said the school was excited to have the “important community event opening its arms once more to artists and art-lovers”.
“The arts have suffered significantly over the past two years due to the pandemic and extended periods of lockdown, as have our schools and our relationships with those around us,” he said.
“Art Red Hill is a celebration of art and community, both of which have never been so important.”
Entries in the show cover painting and photography to ceramics, sculpture and jewellery.
The opening night will have live music and art projected on barn walls.
Running for two weeks, there will be hundreds of works available for sale online via Gallery 247.
Opening night guest speaker Mornington-based painter Sophie Perez said she was looking forward to again seeing people gathered in the name of art.
“Creativity has been such an integral part for so many artists and collectors during the lockdowns it’s wonderful to be able celebrate in person again with lots of new and returning faces,” she said.
Michael Leeworthy, artist and Art Red Hill committee member from 1982 to 2002, was also anticipating the opening night.
“Art Creates unique connections between people and their environment,” he said. “My 20 years on the committee seem like no time at all because we had a lot of fun.
“The whole point of the art show has always been to engage the community. Even as a virtual exhibition – and especially with such a unique opening night gathering – this tradition is as enriching and vital as ever.”
Art Red Hill Virtual Show, 20 May – 5 June 2022.
Art Red Hill Fancy-Shed Soiree – Friday 20 May from 6.30pm to10.30pm, at the The Fancy Shed at The Dairy, Main Ridge. This is an 18-plus event and proof of double vaccination or exemption is required.