How to enjoy the Rochester Mural Festival this week
The 2022 Rochester Mural Festival kicked off Saturday night with the “Meet The Artists” dinner and painting beginning Sunday morning, but festival fans still have plenty of opportunities to get in on the action.
Painting of the murals is free to the public at Mural Park at the south end of Moore Street near the Oppy statue.
The artists who will paint are Chris Duffy; Jared Farrow; Gren Freeman; Maryann Jenkins and Joyce Dempsey; Rebecca Murray and Grahame Wilson; Kerry Nicholson; Marco Pennacchia; and Christina “Reggie” Rankin. They come from all over Australia to attend and participate in the festival.
Wednesday March 23:
Starting at 10am, watch ice sculptor Glenn Smith create not one, but two massive ice sculptures.
Mr Smith promises to match the festival’s “paint us a song” theme for both sculptures.
The first sculpture starts at 10 a.m. and the second around noon.
Saturday March 26 and Sunday March 27:
While the “paint-off” continues throughout the week, at the end of the day on Saturday all artists must put down their brushes before the final day of judging.
Sunday at noon, the popular presentations of judges and awards will begin.
This fan-favorite event features live music and the Rochester Lions Club barbecue van on site.
The whole week:
A contest with many prizes for all age categories.
These popular little canvases, based on the theme “paint us a song,” are on display at the Heritage Courthouse near the Mural Park.
Free art exhibition:
The festival also features daily art sales at the Heritage Courthouse.
Artwork is done by the mural artists and local artists as well.
It’s a great place to sit down, cool off, chat with friends, enjoy the art exhibit, and buy any local artwork or craft that catches your eye.
The Rochester Rotary Club and the Rochester CWA will be offering scones with jam and cream, tea, coffee and cold drinks at the Heritage Courthouse.
More art in Rochester:
If you can’t get enough art this weekend, the stalwarts of Rochester’s art scene are always there to be enjoyed.
Iddles Lane, silo art, and red gum sculptures of native wildlife are prominent features of Rochester to enjoy.