Strathdon Community Art Exhibition

Zhong Hua Fan

Artist Zhong Hua Fan

Melbourne art lovers will be inspired by some of Australia’s most accomplished artists at this year’s Uniting AgeWell Strathdon Community Art Exhibition.

Now in its 13th year, the exhibition is hosted at Uniting AgeWell Strathdon Community in Forest Hill and showcases contemporary and traditional artworks by local and interstate artists.

Paintings from award-winning artists Zhong Hua Fan and Lorraine Wigraft will be featured at the exhibition, which runs from Thursday 14 April to Sunday 17 April.

Mr Fan developed his love of painting while growing up in Inner Mongolia. He would paint the vast landscape of Mongolia, along with still life and portraits of families and friends.

He migrated to Australia in 2001 and has since won numerous awards for his artwork, including Best in Show at the Box Hill Art Group Annual Exhibition and Best in Show at the Knox Art Show.

“Painting is something I can never stop doing. The more I paint, the more I feel for it. It’s very relaxing,” Mr Fan said.

“I’m really looking forward to displaying my art and getting valuable feedback from the industry to help me refine my style.”

Lorraine Wigraft’s work has featured in Australian Artist Magazine and International Artist Magazine. Her talent for drawings and painting developed at an early age and involved years of experimenting with major mediums, materials and techniques.

She described the Strathdon Community Art Exhibition as a warm and well-organised exhibition that raises money for a good cause. Proceeds from the exhibition will go towards Uniting AgeWell Strathdon Community’s senior lifestyle program.

“It really appreciates art and is all about the artwork, something the larger exhibitions don’t focus on anymore,” Ms Wigraft said.

“Art is like good medicine and has helped me cope through traumatic experiences in life.

“Practicing or observing art puts the mind in a different aspect.  It allows us to look at things differently and become part of the artwork.”

Healesville artist and author Christine Cafarella-Pearce is the guest judge of the exhibition.

This year’s exhibition will kick off with an opening night cocktail party on Thursday 14 April with live jazz entertainment, canapes and drinks.  All artworks are available for purchase. For more information, please visit

Uniting AgeWell Strathdon is located on 17 Jolimont Road, Forest Hill.

Opening night tickets: $15
Admission including catalogue: $8
Children under 15: free

Exhibition opening hours
Friday, April 15, 9am – 6pm
Saturday, April 16, 10am-5pm
Sunday, April 17, 12pm-4pm


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