Portland Art Exhibit Set to Be a Hit with Featured Artist Nikki Burns | Lithgow Mercury

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The first weekend in March, the Crystal Theater in Portland will once again be transformed into one of the best regional galleries this side of the Blue Mountains. This year will be the 46th year that the Portland Art Purchase Society has held its annual Regional Art Show, celebrating regional artists from the Midwest and beyond. The fair has built an enviable reputation among regional art fairs not only as a high quality spectacle organized by the all-volunteer group, but also as a successful fair for the sale of artwork for artists. Something all artists will appreciate after a tough few years for the entire art community. The committee again decided not to proceed with the traditional opening night as the uncertainty of evolving COVID regulations did not allow enough time for planning, but a sponsor preview night is offered on Thursday evening from 6 p.m., reservations are essential and can be made via the Facebook page. With over 300 works of art, this year’s exhibition will have something for everyone, with all works on sale over the weekend. This year’s featured artist is previous winner of the award, Nikki Burns, whose work will be a draw card and has proven hugely popular with audiences over the years. READ MORE: The exhibition will once again host the Ron Bidwell and Mary Hampton Art Prizes, sponsored by The Foundations and the Simply Drawing Prize sponsored by Joe Penn and Lesley O’Shea. The awards will be presented on Thursday and announced via the company’s Facebook page. “After everyone has been locked down for the best part of two years, we hope everyone will come and join us this weekend to enjoy amazing art, a great atmosphere and a beautiful day in our city of Portland,” media officer Rich Evans said. “This exhibition has been fortunate to be able to run every year for 46 years and we hope this year will be another success for all our artists, they certainly need support after a difficult few years.” The Portland Art Show takes place March 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For all the information you can visit www.portlandartshow.net.au or find them on Facebook. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:



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