A sketch of Melbourne by artist Salvatore Trigila, who is set to host an exhibition of his work in Kilmore's Oddfellows Cafe gallery next week.

By Colin MacGillivray

KILMORE Art Society is hoping to host the first of what it plans will be regular exhibitions by well-known artists in its Oddfellows Cafe gallery on Sydney Street.

The gallery had been due to host works by Sicilian-Australian artist Salvatore Trigila in a week-long exhibition starting yesterday, but has postponed due to Victoria’s COVID-19 lockdown.

Kilmore Art Society member Denise Daday said the exhibition was now planned for June 5 to 12 if lockdown measures were lifted by the weekend.

If the lockdown is not lifted, the exhibition will be further postponed.

Ms Daday said the planned series of exhibitions was a good way to draw people to the gallery.

“It’s something a little bit different. It’s a good winter thing to do,” she said.

“Hopefully we can bring a little bit more activity in a time that is normally pretty quiet.”

Ms Daday said Mr Tigila would attend the gallery from Monday to Thursday next week if the exhibition went ahead.

She said it was a great opportunity for people to view the work of an internationally-respected artist.

“Salvatore is a well-known Melbourne artist, and he specialises in cityscapes and figure drawings like portraits,” she said.

“He’s from Sicily and he’s really known for his drawings of iconic buildings like the Melbourne Club, St Paul’s Cathedral and a lot of prominent buildings in Europe.

“He also teaches classes, and he did one for our members that was on portrait drawing that was really well received.”

Ms Daday said the art society planned to host four artist exhibitions each year.

“We want to make [the gallery] a destination rather than something for people to do while they’re waiting for their coffee at the cafe,” she said.

The Oddfellows Cafe gallery is open from 8.30am to 3pm on weekdays and 9am to 2.30pm on Saturdays. The gallery is closed on Sundays.