Art with heart

strathdonArt lovers, architecture enthusiasts and aspiring artists will all find inspiration at this year’s Uniting AgeWell Strathdon Community Art Exhibition.
Celebrating its 14th year, the Forest Hill exhibition contributes to Melbourne’s love affair with arts and culture.

The exhibition features multi-award winning artist Jo Reitze as guest judge and internationally renowned artists Pamela Irving – whose works feature in some of Melbourne’s most iconic public spaces – and It Hao Pheh as guest artists. Organisers say it will inspire and challenge our view of the world.

As well as exhibiting his work, It Hao Pheh will share some of his vast knowledge of art during a free demonstration on the afternoon of Saturday, 25 March.

It Hao is recognised for his ability to produce a vivid representation of the world with architecturally-inspired, water coloured artworks. He said the beauty of art is its ability to tell a story and evolve over time.

“A lot of my earlier work captures the political and socio-economic times we live in,” he said.

“However, since converting to Christianity, I now draw my inspiration from God’s creations.

“I believe we are all given specific skills and talents and it is our responsibility to use them and share them with the world.”

This year’s exhibition will also feature a young artist category, open to artists between the ages of 17 and 21.

The exhibition will kick off with an Opening Night Cocktail Party on Thursday, 23 March.

All artworks are available for purchase with net profit going towards the Strathdon Community’s seniors’ lifestyle program.

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