THE tiny village of Currabubula will again become an art lover’s utopia this week for the time-honoured Red Cross Art Exhibition and Sale.
The event, considered one of the premier art shows in country NSW, is marking a very special milestone this year – coinciding with the Australian Red Cross’s centenary celebrations.
More than 450 paintings have been entered this year – the 51st staging of the show – ranging from $100 amateur pieces to a vibrant depiction of the Werris Creek Station from Westdale artist Blagoj Ristevski, valued at $22,000.
A gala opening will be held at 6 o’clock tonight and the show will continue until Sunday.
“This certainly isn’t your usual art show,” Currabubula Red Cross president John Davis said. “To think a town of 200 can put on an exhibition of this quality and standard is remarkable.”
Mr Davis said the prizemoney – $10,000 all up and $6000 to the winner – was a “big drawcard” for artists.
“This is classed as the biggest art show in the region and it doesn’t matter where you go, if you mention Currabubula they know it for this show,” Mr Davis said.
“There’s art for every taste, from the traditional to the contemporary.”
Artists from all over the state and Queensland have entered works in the show, and all art displayed is for sale.
Husband and wife artists Ross and Judy Kurtz are judges at this year’s show, which will be held at the Currabubula Memorial Hall.