Swanpool was a hub of activity recently when thousands descended for the annual Visual Arts Festival.
As well as the Bald Archy Prize Exhibition, the town also hosted exhibitions from Benalla Camera Club, Broken River Painters and invited artists.
Event co-ordinator Barry O’Connor said the combined exhibitions attracted more than 3700 people to Swanpool, with visitors impressed by the range of works on display.
‘‘The traditional Bald Archy Prize visitors were again delighted with the range of subjects targeted in this year’s exhibition,’’ Mr O’Connor said.
‘‘The dining room also proved very popular, with almost 2600 meals being served during the 16 days of the event.’’
Bald Archy Prize creator and director Peter Batey said this year’s exhibition was one of the better exhibitions in the 24-year history of the prize.
This sentiment was backed by the number of entries receiving high vote counts in the People’s Choice award.
Newcastle artist Judy Nadin was popular with visitors, scoring first and second place in the People’s Choice award.
Her work Choir Boy, depicting Jimmy Barnes in full flight, won with 14 per cent of the total vote.
Ms Nadin’s work depicting Magda Szubanski as the Queen of Smarts took out second place with 12 per cent of the vote.
The Swanpool exhibition coincided with the launch of the Swanpool Country Cookbook.
The book contains recipes from last year’s and this year’s exhibition dining room menu and the image used on the cover of the book was created by local artist Tim Bowtell.
The original artwork was raffled during the exhibition, with artist Tim Bowtell drawing the winning ticket on the final day.
Copies of the cookbook are still available from a number of outlets, including the Swanpool Cinema, local bookshops and markets.
All funds raised from the Swanpool Bald Archy Prize Exhibition are distributed to local not-for-profit community groups and projects.