Over 100 people celebrated the launch of the 2016 Swanpool Bald Archy exhibition recently, while raising funds for Benalla’s Tomorrow Today Foundation. Swanpool & District Memorial Hall was resplendent, transformed into a gallery to exhibit the 45 irreverent portraits of well-known Australians.
Peter Batey, director and founder of the Bald Archys, introduced the exhibition and entertained the audience with stories of his early school life in Benalla. Local artist Tim Bowtell spoke about his beginnings as a painter, involvement in local art projects and commitment to helping others in the community through art, before officially opening the exhibition.
Running for 16 days, plus the Friday evening launch, the Swanpool Bald Archy exhibition has very positive economic and social benefits for the district according to Chair of the Tomorrow Today Foundation, Sally Gamble.
She congratulated the Swanpool and District Community Development Association on undertaking the mammoth task, “which is only possible thanks to the remarkable work-ethic of a dedicated group of volunteers”.
“Tomorrow Today Foundation is Benalla’s independent community foundation and we were delighted when the Swanpool committee invited us to be the beneficiary of the charity opening for a second year,” Ms Gamble said.
The evening raised $2,000 for the Foundation’s Community Fund. Income from the Fund provides annual grants to meet changing community needs.
The Swanpool Bald Archy exhibition is open daily 10am to 4pm until Sunday 4th September.