Posted by Gordon Cheyne
Yes, we had a fun day at the Camberwell Rotary Art Show.
First we met in the cafĂ© for a bite and a chat, and then moved to the Art Show itself, where organiser Fiona Innes told us how the show is organised. Now in its 55thyear, this wonderful show has been a challenge and a great fundraiser for The Rotary Club of Camberwell.  Congratulations to the club for their great work. 
Our members admired, consulted, and chatted some more, in the pleasant environment of Swinburne University. Meeting old friends like AG Nick Pane and Peter Allan who were on duty at the show added to our enjoymant. Yes, a fine fun and fellowship day for all.
The Camberwell Art Show continues to go from strength to strength.
Its scale and quality mark it as most significant in the Australian art calendar.
The level of support from the artist community is again outstanding. Six hundred and seventy cream of Australia's established and emerging artists entered from which 1350 works were invited to be exhibited.
This year artists competed for $37500 in prizes including a $20000 best in show.
Sydney Artist Wins 2018 Best In Show
Julie Simmons with her work Ancients on the Barka has taken out the Herald Sun Best in Show award. She picked up $20000 for her painting which the judges described as a painters painting with rustic and direct charm. The three judges also commented on its rawness and immediacy which brought a life and freshness to a traditional subject.