More than 200 paintings by 40 local artists will be on display when the 12th Annual Benetas Bridgewater Lake Art Show opens to the public on Saturday, 9 and Sunday, 10 September.
The event will transform the retirement village’s community centre into an upscale art gallery, showcasing work by residents and artists from Glenroy Art Group, Craigieburn Art Group, Plenty Valley Arts and Sunbury Art Society.
The art show has grown in leaps and bounds over the past decade with the inaugural event featuring a modest 30 paintings, produced predominantly by village residents.
This year’s event will include a diverse selection of more than 200 pieces, featuring pastels, oils and water colours on both portrait and landscape.
A list of 40 artists, including higher profile names Rex Amos and Betty Maher, will have artwork on display over the weekend.
Best Painting and Honourable Mentions will be up for grabs with the expected 400 patrons also able to vote for a People’s Choice prize.
Benetas General Manager, Strategy, Infrastructure and Housing Bruce Webb said the show had become an important event for the art community in Melbourne’s north-west.
“The showcase is a great opportunity for Bridgewater Lake residents and the region’s professional and amateur artists to exhibit their talents before a captive audience,” Mr Webb said.
Devonshire tea will be on offer with proceeds from the sale to go to a local charity.
Entry and parking is free.
Bridgewater Lake Retirement Estate is located at 9 Wedgewood Rd, Roxburgh Park.