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The Canterbury Art Exhibition will hold its 46th exhibition on the 4th – 6th May, 2018. From its inception in 1973 it has gained a reputation for its contemporary outlook and high artistic standards. This greatly anticipated annual event is held at Canterbury Primary School, Molesworth Street, Canterbury.

This year the Exhibition will showcase over 500 individual artworks from over 120 talented Australian artists. A highlight of the 2018 exhibition will be the work of two wonderfully talented local feature artists, Craig Mackie and Sherren Comensoli.

Sherren Comensoli Sherren Comensoli hails from Glen Iris where she has been painting full time for over 10 years.

Sherren joins us having had an extremely successful year featuring on The Block TV 2017 series. A self-taught contemporary artist who featured no less than five of her paintings in one of The Block’s Couples (Sticks & Wombat) homes not only featured on the show but also found some notoriety as ‘The Block Shop’ Design Consultant.
Being a lady of many talents, Sherren is an experienced Design Consultant/Interior Stylist who paints from her gorgeous home studio, using many of her own paintings for her clients - as well as commissioned works for other designers - to pull together beautiful room settings.

Sherren’s abstract paintings mostly reflect the Australian landscape – but with a contemporary translation. By layering and building her paintings up she creates work that is both substantial and complex. This year Sherren has created a body of work that will no doubt appeal to both stylists and home owners alike who are on the look out for something to perfectly compliment and complete their living or working space.

“I will always be experimental and brave with my painting style. I will always try something new, to keep my work versatile and to set new trends.” – Sherren Comensoli

Craig Mackie Craig Mackie, AKA Mac, is our second locally based feature artist and has become a well-known contributor to our exhibition with his detailed paintings of local landscapes and landmarks being a firm favourite.

Mac’s passion for painting, illustrating and cartooning led him to leave his “normal career” in the offset printing industry almost a decade ago to follow a lifetime love affair with all things creative. Mac, who describes his work as realism with the occasional foray into surrealism, seeks beauty and strangeness in our often overlooked every day surroundings. Mac creates insightful realistic work with a dash of quirky humour that never fails to deliver.

This year Mac has created a portfolio of work that will appeal to a broad audience, delivering charming and detailed work in an array of accessible sizes that simply creep into your heart and seek a place in your home. A must see…

Please join us - Art Exhibition Opening hours:

  • Opening Night - Friday 4th May, 7.30pm – 11pm. (no stilettos please)
    Entry fee - $65 per head (early bird $60) includes gourmet food, wine, beer, catalogue and weekend entry. (Gift shop open).
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  • Saturday 5th May from 10am – 5pm.

  • Sunday 6th May from 10am – 4pm.

  • Location – Canterbury Primary School, Molesworth St, Canterbury, Victoria, 3126
Weekend entry fee is $5 for adults and children are free. The Café and Gift Shop will be open all weekend and children’s activities will be offered at Family Day on Sunday. All art works are sold on a commission basis with the proceeds directly benefiting Canterbury Primary School.