Planning is well under way for the Victor Harbor Rotary Art Show in 2021.
This popular annual event attracts thousands of entries and is a major summer holiday draw card for the region. In fact the 2020 event had 1478 entries, with 1262 Open entries, 47 Sculpture entries and 46 Junior entries accepted.
Sales amounted to 333 artworks sold for a total of $220,808, with approximately $65,000 going back into community and international projects,
Guest Judge Yvonne East chose artist Jan Brown's work 'The Day My Heater Blew Up And Other Things' as the number one painting at the 2020 show. She won $12,500.
The 2021 Art Show will open on January 8 with the Friday night preview and it will run through until Saturday, January 16.
Artists are invited to begin preparing their entries, which will be accepted from September 28 through to November 30.
Chairman of the Art Show committee David Elliott said this was the biggest event undertaken by the Rotary Club each year.
"It's a major team effort and the whole club is involved including many other volunteers," he said.
"Thousands of dollars raised from the art show each year goes to benefit many local organisations and charities, as well as national and international worthy causes."
The Rotary Art Show is generously supported each year by the South Coast business community and is a popular attraction for more than 10,000 holidaymakers and locals who descend on the the biggest outdoor art exhibition in the southern hemisphere.
Due consideration was given by the committee to the implication of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting January's Art Show. The decision to go ahead was made with the situation being reviewed again if necessary.
At this stage it is hoped Warland Reserve will be the venue for the event, but Soldiers' Memorial Gardens will be an option if the construction of the Causeway has started.