The Kilmore Art Expo was first held in 2008, but is now an annual event on the calendar.
The Kilmore Art Expo is presented by the Kilmore Art Society Inc and the Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell and all proceeds from the Expo go to charitable projects and programs, both locally and internationally. The Expo is held at the Memorial Hall, 14 Sydney Street, Kilmore.
The overall aim of the Kilmore Art Expo is to encourage artistic endeavour and promote art appreciation.
The Expo focuses on exhibiting high quality paintings, but also features photography, woodwork, ceramics and jewellery – all work is for sale. There are between 350 and 600 paintings entered each year and demonstrations on painting techniques are given by well known artists throughout the weekend.
With almost $6000 in art awards, the Expo encourages high quality entries from established artists, as well as from young and emerging artists.
One of the main objectives of the Art Expo is to raise funds which are then divided by the joint partners, Rotary and Kilmore Art Society, and distributed to worthy causes of their choice, many of which are within the local community. Local needs are always high on the list, for example, the local CFA, Mens Shed, St Vinnies, Salvation Army and every year, awards for gifted art students at the local schools.
Funds raised by the Kilmore Art Expo have been donated to the Children First Foundation to aid the work of Moira Kelly. Moira’s extraordinary work brings young children with birth defects or war injuries to Australia for specialist medical and surgical treatment. The most well known in recent years were conjoined twins Krishna and Trishna.
Funds have also been given to Books for the World – a small group who gather books ‘discarded’ here in Australia and package and distribute the useful ones to less fortunate communities, mainly overseas.
The funds have also been used for the Bushfire Relief and Recovery in Victoria after Black Saturday in Feb 2009 and for several other global community relief efforts, including Interplast – a joint venture between Rotary and The Australian College of Surgeons, which provides expertise in plastic and reconstructive surgery through volunteer teams of surgeons and nurses going to the Pacific and South East Asia.
Scholarships are given to local schools, together with other local volunteer organizations like the CFA, SES, Salvation Army, just to name a few.
In 2015 a $2000 joint donation was made towards the development of the Kilmore Heritage Art Walk. This is a project with the Shire of Mitchell and local Kilmore people, to beautify the Kilmore Creek area by telling the story of the area from pre settlement to the present day.
The Kilmore Art Expo
The Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell and the Kilmore Art Society Inc.
The Committee of Management of the Kilmore Art Expo is comprised of members from both Rotary and KAS.
The 2018 committee is as follows:
- Executive Director: Jill Mattei
- Artistic Director: Helen Miles
- Sponsors & Grants Manager: Andrea Willis
- Secretary & Catalogue: Jeannette Jain
- Financial Manager: Peter Appleton
- Entries & Enquiries: Helen Wicking
- Raffles: Jeannette Jain
- Craft Co-ordinator: Glen George
- Publicity & PR: Roslyn Stewart
- Art & Roses Tour Manager: Diana Sargeant
- Café Managers: Tony Cozzolino
- Lighting & Stand Management: Noel Baker
In addition to the abovementioned office bearers, there are many volunteers, husbands, wives, children and friends who sell raffle tickets, assist with hall and lighting preparation, staff the café, assist with the acceptance and return of art and photographic works, and maintain a helpful and welcoming demeanour to the public throughout the Expo. Without our tireless committee members, supported by the volunteers, the Art Expo would be unable to continue.