AFTER a COVID-induced year in hiatus, Kilmore Art Expo is ready to return this weekend with a bumper field of about 400 entries.
Painters, photographers and sculptors alike have submitted a range of high-quality artwork to the expo, with styles ranging from contemporary to classical and everything in between.
The expo will kick off with a preview night on Friday from 6.30pm, with entry costing $25.
The expo, at Kilmore Memorial Hall, will be from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, with entry costing $7 including a catalogue and a door prize ticket.
All work displayed during the expo will be for sale.
Expo director Andrea Willis said not only visual art, but dance, music and poetry would feature during the weekend.
Saturday will feature Kilmore Regional Busking Championships, with performers dotted along Sydney Street from 10am to 3pm, and a finalists concert at Kilmore Racing Club from 4pm to 6pm.
“Bring the whole family or arrange to meet your friends to celebrate the art, the music and the history of Kilmore,” Ms Willis said.
“Have a takeaway lunch from the art expo kitchen to eat on your picnic rug in the gardens or buy lunch at the local cafés or pubs in Sydney Street.”
Ms Willis said the expo was ‘a community event in every way’.
“It is sponsored and supported by many local businesses and when you visit the expo you are helping to raise funds which are then distributed back to worthy causes,” she said.
“Many local community organisations benefit, for example, the local CFA, Kilmore SES, Men’s Shed, Love In Action, Salvation Army Broadford and Kilmore District Health.
“Funds have also been donated to the Children First Foundation, bushfire relief and recovery and to support the Broadford seniors Christmas lunch and the Rotary police awards.”
Ms Willis said the community provided the inspiration and energy to support the expo, with volunteers from Kilmore Art Society, Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell and other volunteers all working to ensure the event was a success.
People can call Ms Willis on 0428 410 041 to enquire about preview night tickets, or visit www.kilmoreartexpo.com for more information.