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The North Central Review
The North Central Review
The North Central Review is an independently owned newspaper publishing company based in Kilmore that is responsible for publishing two community newspapers each week, covering communities within the Mitchell Shire

Seymour and District Art Society’s Art Beyond the Divide exhibition has this year attracted its largest entry of artworks.

One of the region’s most well-loved art shows, the Art Beyond the Divide exhibition is organised by volunteer artists and supporters, focusing on promoting regional art and visual arts practice to the community.

The annual exhibition is at Wine X Sam, Anzac Avenue, Seymour, from November 24 to 26.

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Showcasing artwork from local, regional and metro artists in a variety of styles and media, the exhibition also offers participating artists more than $5000 in prize money.

Society president Terri MacDonald said Art Beyond the Divide took the artwork out of the gallery and celebrated the diverse range of artistic talent in the region.

This year’s Art Beyond the Divide exhibition will again be at Wine X Sam, in Anzac Avenue, Seymour. ​

Dr MacDonald said there was considerable excitement building with this year’s show, and a record entry of artworks.

“We are very pleased with the support from artists and the local community, with most of our wonderful sponsors back for this year’s exhibition,” she said.

“We have a panel of well-respected judges who are also arts practitioners awarding works year, but most importantly, the public is welcome to come along, look at the wonderful works and consider purchasing some local art, directly from the artists.”

Art Beyond the Divide is open November 24 to 26. ​

The exhibition has faced considerable difficulties over the years, including cancelled shows during COVID lockdowns, and the Seymour floods on the eve of the opening of the exhibition last year resulted in its postponement and a second opening several weeks later.

“With the ups and downs of the last few years, the Art Beyond the Divide exhibition has given us a focus, both in terms of our own arts practice as well as a way to encourage the wider community to become more involved in visual arts,” Dr MacDonald said.

“The exhibition is open to anyone, from professional artists through to beginners and students.

“For many, it’s a great first step in getting their artworks out in public and sharing their creative vision.

“It’s also a great opportunity to highlight the wide range of fantastic artistic talent in our own region.

“With all artworks in the exhibition for sale, people are sure to find that one of a kind artwork they like either for themselves or as gifts.

“Given the record number of artworks entered there is sure to be something there to suit all tastes and budgets.”

Opening night for the exhibition is on Friday, November 24, starting at 7pm, with tickets available at the door at $25 per adult.

The show will continue over the weekend with a gold coin donation entry and will finish at 3pm on Sunday, November 26.

All money generated by the exhibition goes to supporting the work of the society, which will soon reopen its Old Courthouse gallery following repairs and restorations resulting from last year’s floods.

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