This year for the first time, The Valley Art Show will be exclusively for 9×5 (sometimes called cigar box) art. This unique art form was first seen in 1889 in Melbourne at an exhibition held by the now famous artists Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton & Charles Conder.
The name was derived due to the use, by these young up and coming artists at their exhibition, of discarded cedar cigar box lids on which to apply their art and which were approximately 9×5 inches in size.
On Saturday and Sunday 7-8 September, Wyong Creek Hall at 791 Yarramalong Rd will be the venue to view the latest crop of amazing 9×5 paintings from artists from all parts of Australia. There will also be handmade quilts and sculptures by local artisans on display.
While visiting this lovely old hall, set in bushland and surrounded by a well-kept grassed area, you may wish to enjoy a sausage sandwich, tea, coffee or other refreshments while relaxing under a tree or in the sun. If sipping wine is more to your liking, there is a range for you to sample from the Robert Oatley Cellars while viewing the art work.
On Sunday 15 September, the Yarramalong Valley Spring Show at the Jack Gear Reserve Yarramalong will be the place to again view many of the 9×5 pieces of art in the Bendigo Bank marquee
The Wyong Creek Hall’s art committee would like to acknowledge the sponsorship of its two major sponsors without whom this 9×5 Art Prize would not be possible.