The Rotary Clubs of Mobilong & Murray Bridge have jointly hosted the Murray Bridge Rotary Art Show over more than thirty years with the 2020 show being our 29th .
Over the years we have utilised the Murray Bridge Rowing Club, Town Hall & Civic Centre as venues. Currently the curated art show is hosted at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery.
The Rotary Murray Bridge Art Show was conceived in 1986 with the aim of developing and supporting an arts culture and appreciation of the arts within the then rural township of Murray Bridge.
Today the Rural City boasts a world class gallery which is proudly recognised as one of the leading galleries in regional South Australia, offering 3 exhibition spaces and a contemporary retail outlet featuring works from South Australia’s leading artists and designers.
Entries are open to emerging and hobbyist artists and artisans, and welcomes entries across all ages. The only criteria being the work has to be offered for sale, with the Gallery Director having the final say on the inclusion of any piece.
Octogenarian Pat Mason has been exhibiting in the at show since 1986, today her daughter Jane also enters and has been a featured artist in the Gallery’s annual calendar of exhibitions. Pat’s work “Rivers Edge ” was featured as the exhibition mast head for the 2015 exhibition.
Sue Foster’s passion for art saw her join the art cooperative, developing her skills and style, a regular exhibitor, Sue immersed herself in studies completing a degree in Fine Arts in 201x . She is now a member of the art show committee and the community artists gallery. Art must run in this family, Sue’s daughter Sally Foster along with Ken Orchard judged the 2010 Exhibition. Sally was a judge again in 2016.
Judges have included Samela Harris, Tom Gleghorn OAM, David Dryden OAM, Ken Orchard, Peter Goers, Elizabeth & John DeKoke; Karen Vagra, Peter Smythe, Sally Foster & Alice Calachan.
Past winners include, Carol Coventry, Ken Orchard, Pamela Kouwenhoven, Kevin Kropinyeri Jr, Lise Temple & Janine Parsons.