MESAC Marine Art Exhibition Raises Environmental Awareness
Marine Education Science and Community Project (MESAC) sought the assistance of local artists to help raise awareness of our marine environment, and hosted a wonderful Marine Art Exhibition last Saturday and Sunday 21 -22 February 2016 at the Beaumaris Yacht Club.
Rickett’s Point on Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay, MESAC is at the centre of an area that inspired impressionists such as Frederick McCubbin, Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and Charles Conder to create some of our finest art treasures.
The coastal areas around Beaumaris, Mentone and Sandringham continue to draw local artists to the beautiful marine environment, and the event drew over 100 artworks from around 50 artists.
Ray Lewis, exhibition coordinator and president of MESAC, said “It was great to get all the local artists together. They were all excited about the exhibition and had a great time together setting up the event. We had around 60 people at the artist’s soiree on the set up night and 400 or more people viewed the exhibition over the weekend”.
Entries were open to professional and non-professional artists with the main requirement being a marine or beach theme. The artworks were displayed on the artist own easels. Artists, Jeff Gilmour and Karen Hopkins held free art classes on the beach which added to the relaxed atmosphere and enhanced the exhibitions marine focus.
In keeping with the community spirit, prizes were decided by exhibition attendees. The organisers encouraged guests to vote for artworks that they simply enjoyed viewing rather than being overly focussed on technical merit or artistic reputation.
The format worked well in creating a relaxed ”meet and greet” atmosphere for artists while highlighting MESAC’s project to develop a multi-user facility to foster snorkelling, diving, marine science, sailing, and associated community interests.
The People’s Choice awards went to Annee Kelly for her plein-air painted beach scene, Jeff Gilmour for his line and watercolour painting ‘Weedy Sea Dragon’ and Nick Georgiadis for his magnificent lead glass window, ‘The Galleon’.
With the success of the inaugural exhibition, and the enthusiastic support of the artists and local community, MESAC’s Marine Exhibition is set to become an annual event!
Thanks to everyone for their enthusiasm and support of the event! Here are some more photos which capture the mood.
‘Easel Art Competition‘
Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 February 2016 – 10am to 4pm
All artists (pro and non-pro) are exhibiting. The marine theme is the only requirement!
Beaumaris Yacht Club, corner Beach & Haydens Roads, Beaumaris VIC 3193 MAP
Give your opinion at the People’s Choice Awards; 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes!
Go for a special Aboriginal Heritage walk – Saturday only @ 10am – cultural presentation and foreshore walk with Wemba/Wergaia man Dean Stewart, director of ‘Aboriginal Tours And Education Melbourne’ (A-TAEM)
Jeff Gilmour and Karen Hopkins, Artists will be offering free art classes at 10am on the beach Saturday and Sunday! All welcome.
Parking in car park @ $5 per hour, or for FREE on Beach Rd, Haydens Rd and Coral Ave
46 artists and over 90 paintings with an ocean theme! Refreshments. FREE ENTRY – ALL WELCOME!
Any queries? Email: MESACEaselArt@gmail.com
MESAC (combination of Marine Care Rickets Point (MCRP) and the Beaumaris Yacht Club (BYC)) was formed to create a combined Yacht and Water Sports Club, and Marine Education Centre on the current yacht club site.
We are running a series of environmental education events to raise awareness of this magnificent centre! Please come along and support this amazing project.
Artists, Scientists, educators, general public, parents, grandparents, children ….all are welcome! And the beach is 24 hour dog friendly…bring the whole family!