Friday, November 11, 2016

Great Places To Visit - Archibald Art Exhibition in Ballarat 2016.

Spent a lovely day wandering around beautiful Ballarat.  The Archibald Art Exhibition was held in the Ballarat Art Gallery again this's last one in Ballarat, Vic.

A small group of friends and I travelled by train from Melbourne to view the exhibition and spend a day out of the city.

The train trip from Melb to Ballarat was relaxing. We passed the time with chit chat and scenery watching or snoozing.

Walked from the train station up to the exhibition, which was a short easy walk, browsed around the gallery, then selected a spot for lunch, enjoyed a nice glass of wine with lunch, then a gentle stroll back to the train station to catch the 2.20pm train back to Melb.  Back in time to catch the local train home before peak hour rush.

A tired but happy bunch of Archibald wanders!

Recommend a train trip to Ballarat even without the Archibald Art Exhibition. The Art Gallery itself is worth a trip to visit and then wander around the town.  Nice area of the country and plenty of good spots to stop for a meal.

The Garry McDonald painting was my fav. There were plenty of artworks to look at and consider. I believe the Barry Humphries portrait was the "winner".  I always enjoy looking at the many artworks and marvelling at how talented people are. Some interpretations leave me a little "speechless" but I remind myself that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and we all see things differently and think differently.

A trip to the Archibald Art Exhibition is a day well spent I believe.  This is Ballarat's 2nd year of hosting the Archibald's so I've been told it gets moved every 2 years.  I have no idea where it will be next time, but guess I will find out. 

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