Artists brush up for annual dinner

LIVE music, fine wine and food made for an art lover’s heaven on Saturday night at the 15th Annual Knife, Fork and Brush progressive dinner.

The night began with champagne and hors d’oeuvres at Merri View Gallery, followed by the main course at Warrnambool Art Gallery, dessert, coffee and wine at Scope Gallery, then finally cheese and port at Sandpiper Gallery.

Friends of Warrnambool Art Gallery president Ann Morris, a member of the knife, fork and brush committee, said the night was a success in more ways than one.

“Each gallery had great artwork hanging and each meal was very good,” she told The Standard.

“Some people did buy some artwork on the evening so that’s another bonus — that helps support local artists as well.

“We’re very lucky the galleries are aware of the knife, fork and brush at this time of year and normally have extremely good exhibitions up.

“We served 80 meals last night, which is a bit down on past years when we normally have about 100, but we were happy with the numbers and people reportedly had a great night.”

Mrs Morris said the committee looked forward to running the annual event and finding ways to make it even more interesting. 

“The whole purpose of the knife fork and brush dinner is to bring people from the community through each gallery, introduce them to some nice food and wine and expose the community to arts in Warrnambool in a nice social way,” she said. “People still comment today about how if they hadn’t been to that function they might not have been to that gallery before.

“Many people come back and people from out of town want to make sure it’s in their calendar.”

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