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Local artists shine in the Market Building

Pop into the Market Art Summer Exhibition featuring the work of more than 100 artists at the historic Market building in Castlemaine

Pop into the Market Art Summer Exhibition featuring the works of more than 100 local artists.

Friday, 7 December 2018

A record 110 local artists have helped to create a new exhibition at the Market Building in Mostyn Street, Castlemaine.

Entry to the Market Art Summer Exhibition is free and features photography, jewellery, painting, sculpture, glassware and more.

“All works are for sale so if you’re hunting around for the perfect Christmas gift you’re sure to find something special,” said Aileen Walsh, Team Leader Visitor Services, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Our local artists have created some beautiful works, with many of them already sold,” she said.

More than 26,000 people visited the last summer exhibition, with art sales of almost $20,000.

“Over the years we’ve had a lot of international visitors dropping into the exhibition so there’s local artwork hanging in homes right around the world,” said Ms Walsh.

“It’s nice to hear why people have chosen to buy particular artworks. It’s often about a connection to the place depicted or to the artist. Other times it’s just a feeling that the artwork gives them.

“We encourage everyone to pop in and see what our local community has created. The exhibition runs until Sunday 24 February,” she said.

As home to the Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre (VIC), the Market Building hosts a wide range of local gifts and items for sale such as tea towels, cards and historical books.

“Our friendly teams at the Castlemaine and Maldon VICs are here to assist your friends and relatives who are visiting the region. Please encourage them to pop in and learn more about what our shire has to offer,” said Ms Walsh.

The VICs are open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

The annual summer and winter art exhibitions are coordinated by Council to support and promote our cultural and artistic communities.

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