The annual Flinders Art Show has featured the finest painters, printmakers and illustrators from the Mornington Peninsula and beyond every Queen’s Birthday weekend for 47 years, yet it improves on every showing.

Over 350 entries vie for numerous specialist prizes. Entries are judged by some of the finest professionals in the Melbourne art world. This year welcomes a new prize, the Bendigo Bank Award for Emerging Young Artists (18-30 years old.) acknowledging fresh talent. Another new initiative is the Little Gems Prize for works 20 x 20 cm offering affordable original artwork on a compact scale.

Volunteer art committee members, local businesses and community organizations work tirelessly to promote the art and artists while raising much- needed funds for Peninsula charities. It’s a winning combination.

Opening night is Friday, June 6 from 7 -10 pm. Show continues Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm and Monday from 10 am to 2 pm.

ANDREA LOUISE THOMAS