Fine haul for Rochy art show

By Vivienne Duck

THE 2018 Rochester Fine Art Show was once again a hit — and the numbers are in.

The show sold more than $22,000 worth of art from 39 exhibiting artists of all mediums.

Event co-ordinator Judy Anderson said the Rochester Development Committee was pleased they could once again help out the local hospital.

‘‘This year we gave a donation of $8500 to Rochester and Elmore District Health Service and our organising committee also donated $1000 of the proceeds to the Rochester silos fundraising,’’ she said.

‘‘We sold $22,690 worth of art and had 39 exhibiting artists showing 350 different works of different media including painting, bronze, ceramics, glass, basket making and textiles.

‘‘Our Greek Dinner at the Rochester Wine Tavern with guest chef Daniel Spizzica was a great success again with over 70 in attendance.’’

Mrs Anderson said the Rochybald prize was again a feature.

‘‘Many community members got involved and showed their works,’’ she said.

‘‘The open winner was Sue Raccanello, second was Arielle Glatte and our four primary winners were Amelia Zahra, Hunter Wileman, Charlie Langdon and Lucy Richards — each receiving cash prizes.

‘‘The unsold Rochybalds will be soon on display and available for sale at REDHS reception.

‘‘Many thanks to the community for supporting this two-yearly event, which will see the hospital able to purchase more replacement electric beds in the facility as a result of our fundraising.’’

Mrs Anderson said the event also adds to the increasing focus on Rochester as an arts-friendly town.

‘‘This hopefully will increase our tourist numbers and the general prosperity within the town,’’ she said.