Ern Trembath, judge at the Rotary Club of Numurkah 34th Annual  Art & Craft Exhibition cited the exhibition as “the best art show in country  Victoria”. Ern a judge and exhibitor at exhibitions throughout the country, including 'Australia’s Top Ten Painters Exhibition' to open in Canberra next week, thanked Rotary for mounting the exhibition. Ern praised Rotary Clubs throughout the state for mounting exhibitions which made Victoria the arts state of Australia.
Ern commented on the high standard of the exhibits and congratulated the club in the way the exhibits were displayed.
Hon. Wendy Lovell MP officially opened the exhibition, congratulating the artists for their outstanding exhibits on display for the enjoyment of others.
The exhibition attracted large viewing crowds throughout the weekend, and record sales were made. Favourable comments on the presentation of the display were passed on during the weekend, following the refurbishment of the display stands.
The exhibition displayed 284 art entries received from Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales, throughout Victoria as well as local entries.
Of these 51 were sold during the exhibition.
here were 36 photographic entries, and over 100 craft entries on display.
Photo: The Rotary Club of Numurkah 34th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition held in the Numurkah Town Hall from 7th to 10th March 2014 was an outstanding success.Art judge Ern Trembath citied it as "the best art show in country Victoria". The exhibition is hailed as the biggest in the Goulburn Valley.Hon. Wendy Lovell MP officially opened the exhibition on the Friday evening.The exhibition displayed 284 art entries from Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales, throughout Victoria as well as local.Of these 51 were sold during the exhibition.There were 36 photographic entries and over 100 craft entries on display.
Art judge Ern Trembath announced the following winners, with his comments.  
Best in Show Award: “Marmalade Mania” #21 by Lorraine Burns, Cheltenham. Ern commented that it is an excellent painting, colour balance, harmony, perspective and presentation go hand in hand to make this a worthy winner.
Photo: Rotary Club of Numurkah 34th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition held over weekend 7th to 10th March 2014 in Numurkah Town Hall.Ern Trembath judged the exhibition and named it the "best country art show in Victoria".Best in Show Award: "Marmalade Mania" by Lorraine Burns.
Runner Up Award: #150 “Waiting for Tide Rise” by Walter Magilton, Warrandyte. Great tonal portrayal of a very busy subject. Subtle and quiet area in foreground gives your eye a rest from the detail in the rest of the painting, commented judge Ern Trembath.
Photo: "Runner Up" at the Numurkah Rotary 34th Annual Art and Craft Exhibition was "waiting for Tide Rise" by Walter Magilton.
Highly Commended Water Colour Award: #117 “Possums” by Jan Long, Eagle Point. “A soft tonal range created atmosphere to this painting. Great presentation, a very talented artist”.
Highly Commended Pastel Award: won by #241 “Kakadu Dreaming” by Nancy Thurley, Glen Iris. “The water looks wet which is difficult to do in a painting. I love the play of light on the lily pads and strength of colour throughout the subject”.
Highly Commended Oil Award won by #92 “The French Window” by Glen Hoyle, Langwarrin. “You feel like touching the sandstone wall to find out if it is real or not. The shadows on the wall intensify the light enough to give it a third dimension”.
Regional Artist Award won by #135 “Moonacullah Tree” by Dawn Macdonald, Jerilderie. “Hard subject to paint, a mixture of warm and cold colours make it read well with the soft background”
Photographic Award #328 “Travellers” by John Teague, Grahamvale. “Wonderful atmospheric photograph, good balance – horses are in perfect position. I love the small branch on top left corner, it fits in so well.
Commended #118 “Dusty Work” by Jan Long, Eagle Point, #253 “A Dusty Day’s Work” by Marie Weeks, Glen Waverley, #175 “Early Morning in the Wetlands” by Geraldine Muenchow, Kadina SA. #128 “History at Timaru” Deborah Lynch, Mooroopna. # 183 “Bendigo Bush Spring” by Geoff Paynter, Bendigo.
Commended Photography #329 “Mellow Days” by John Teague, Grahamvale, #334 “Chinese Garden” by Kate Watts, Junortoun, #322 “Docklands Sunset” by Dennis Rickard, Numurkah.
Diverse Builders Award: “Waves and Rocks” by Jan Long, Eagle Point.
Guardian Pharmacy Award: “Gum Trees” by Glen Hoyle, Langwarrin.
Numurkah Medical Centre Award: “Our Beautiful Country” by Rhonda Willoughby, Kerang.
Numurkah Bakery Award: “Hello Possum” by Katherine Lohse, Mooroopna.
Doug Larkin Refrigeration Award: “Numurkah Courthouse” by Salvatore Trigila, Coburg.
Peter Cox & Sons Award: “Abiding – Cobram” by John Taylor, Cobram.
Peoples Choice Award: "Dusty Work" by Jan Long.
The craft section entries were judged by Fiona Carruthers, the winners with comments were:
CODE A : “Fibres Threads or Beads:, sponsored by Reapers Hairdressing. Winner: 405 Fruit and Flowers. Sally Boothey. Numurkah. This work using gold work, beading and stump work shows beautiful detail and fine even stitches. Highly Commended: 425 Hardanger Table Runner. Barb Dealy. Numurkah.
CODE B : “Quilt Award”. Sponsored by Ragg Denn.
Winner: 433 The Farmers Wife. Margo Hendy.  Naring .
This quilt which is hand pieced shows excellent colour choice, very accurate stitching and the finished piece sits very flat.
Highly Commended:   456 Remember When. Yvonne Visser.
                                        434 The Colonial Quilt. Margo Hendy.
CODE C: “Small Quilt Award”. Sponsored by Graham Byron Seeds.
Winner: 453 A Burst of Spring.  Olinda Poulton. Shepparton.
This work in this quilt is beautifully executed and the 3D flowers are delightful.
CODE D: “Craft Award”. Sponsored by Graham Byron Seeds.
Winner: 427 Crocheted Baby Shawl. Martine-Anne Few,  Numurkah.
This crocheted shawl for a baby shows an evenness of tension, a nice colour choice and feel for its purpose.
Highly Commended: 477 Baby’s Jacket. June Dempsey. Numurkah.
CODE E: “Teddy Bears Award”. Sponsored by GrainCorp Oils.
Winner: 408 Brown Bear. Caitlin Bourchier. Numurkah.
This Brown Bear has attitude. It catches the eye and is nicely made. Highly Commended: 460 Childs Jumper. Susan Varapodio. St Germains.
The establishment of a Dental Clinic at the new Numurkah Hospital is the beneficiary of the exhibition, receiving all proceeds from the Rotary Club.
President of the Rotary Club of Numurkah Geoff Holmes thanked the exhibitors, sponsors and the viewing public for making the exhibition such a success.
Gallery of photos availabe for viewing under "Art & Craft Exhibition 2014" in the "Photo Album" tag on left hand side of page.