A WONDERFUL array of art delighted guests at the ‘Visions of Monaro’ charity night on Saturday, with the Bombala Hospital Auxiliary thrilled to welcome a big crowd to the RSL Club Auditorium for the much anticipated event.
A feature of the night was a large collection of landscapes from acclaimed Australian artist, Douglas Pratt, who completed many works in the local area during his time surveying in the district.
These landscapes were in various mediums and spanned a number of different years, and were much admired by the fascinated art lovers who had assembled.
As well as the more familiar landscapes and buildings of the district, there were also scenes from Papua New Guinea, and thanks goes to the lucky owners of the Pratt pieces for sharing them with the community for the evening.
And our talented local artists certainly held their own in the exhibition.
A beautiful big painting of hellebores from Lucy Culliton was the first image to greet guests as they walked in, and the room was filled with a brilliant collection of paintings, photographs, and prints.
This included many works from the local Bristle Brush Arts group as well as individual artists, and all were impressed by the skill and creativity on show.
Several of the works were put up for auction on the night and attracted spirited bidding, with Stewart Lee doing the honours to raise money for the Auxiliary.
Amongst the auctioned items were two Pratt prints and one of his paintings donated by a Bodalla resident, a series of works from Philip Cotterill and a war memorial image from a Canberra photographer.
All of the items that went under the hammer were sold on the night, and several other art sales were made outside of the auction as the evening progressed.
Sophie Campbell performed the role of MC and light refreshments were served, including wine tasting from the Robert Oatley Vineyard, with ‘Visions of Monaro’ proving a happy social occasion as well as a charity art show.
And the Auxiliary could not be more thrilled with the evening, which raised around $3,000 to go towards improvements in the Palliative Care section of the hospital, and more specifically its gardens.
Sincere thanks goes to all of those who supported the night, those who shared their Pratt artworks and of course the local artists who contributed pieces to the colourful event.
For more photographs, please see Pages 12 and 13