Protecting the community of Belgrave since 1926.
Thank you to our prize sponsors and catalogue sponsors. Thank you to everyone who visited over the weekend and thank you to all of our wonderful artists. This year's work was of an especially high standard. A really special thank you to the members of the Brigade who have worked hard for months to make sure this show went ahead and to those who also helped out over the weekend making amazing scones, helping n the kitchen, selling paintings, catalogues and raffle tickets and generally being indispensable.
The Art Show is conducted over the Queen's Birthday long weekend each June and is the Brigade's major fundraising activity. Our show attracts around 350 entries each year and all are available for sale. Entries are received from artists both local and not quite so local. We often have some entries from interstate and the work exhibited is generally of a very high quality.
The Belgrave Fire Brigade receives a commission for each artwork sold. All proceeds of the Art Show go towards the purchase of equipment that helps us ensure that we maintain the capacity to protect our local community.
The Champagne Opening of the Art Show will be held on Friday 8th June when the sponsors will present the category winning artists with their awards. The Show continues over the long weekend and a gold coin donation will see you well provided with a cup of tea and fresh homemade scones with jam and cream. While there is a $15 door charge for the Friday Night Champagne Gala, entry to the show on Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th and Monday 11th June is free,
There are 5 award categories which are sponsored by local businesses. Prize money ranges from $400 to $700 and as the paintings are not acquired by the sponsor, you have the opportunity to purchase a prize winning work of art.
The categories are:
1The Jack Montgomery Award (Best in show)2Best oil or acrylic3Best watercolour4Best flora or fauna5Best Pastel
Photography is a non-judged category. All photography works are also available for sale.
Read more about Jack Montgomery on our 'Jack Montgomery Award' page
Our judge this year is Antionette Blyth. Read more about Antoinette on our 'Judging' page
This award is presented to the best traditional work of art in the show. It is open to any medium and honours Jack Montgomery.
Since 1947 Jack Montgomery had spent much of his life adventuring in remote, arid regions of the world including Australian deserts, where his solo expeditions by pushbike, camel and Land Rover had given him a sound knowledge of the outback.
His ideology was one of self-imposed hardship and as a nature lover challenging the desert elements, he found atmosphere and inspiration together with unique subject material.
Graduating as a qualified art teacher in 1947, he commenced exhibiting his paintings interstate and overseas. Jack was a teacher at the Ferntree Gully Technical School and had a studio and art school at his home in Upwey until his death in 2001.
During the late 1960's Jack pushed for an art society in the Dandenongs to assist artists and give them a meeting place where they could hold exhibitions. Thanks to the efforts of artists like Jack, there are now several art societies and many galleries operating throughout the Dandenong Ranges.
Jack Montgomery assisted the Brigade each year with the Art Show, giving valuable advice and assistance. The Jack Montgomery Award for the best traditional artwork in any medium is presented each year to honour his service to local artists and Belgrave Fire Brigade.
Antoinette Blyth is an artist and tutor residing in Melbourne, Australia. She is a past president of AGRA. the Australian Guild of Realist Artists, a member of the Victorian Artists Society, Watercolour Society of Victoria, Sherbrooke Art Society and Whitehorse Arts Association.
Antoinette has work represented around Australia, New Zealand and overseas and has won many awards and commendations for her watercolour painting. Most recently the Mavis Hill Award, best overall painting at Sherbrooke Art Society, September 2017.
"As an artist and a teacher I feel privileged to be able to impart skills of painting to others in a manner that encourages confidence, individuality and determination to succeed.To watch the development and passion of a painter grow, is exciting and rewarding.The connection over the years with "lovers of watercolour" has been a means of exchanging thoughts, encouragement and learning.In overview I am happy that I have fostered the heritage and appreciation of art passed on from my parents. I hope to continue the journey."
Antoinette holds classes and workshops in watercolour painting.
Details are available on her website.
Our Art Show is our major fundraiser for the year and we cannot run it without the generous support of our sponsors. While we are not permitted to endorse any particular product or service, we do wish to acknowledge the support of our sponsors and urge you to consider looking through these listings when you are looking for local goods and services throughout the next year.
We would like to thank the following businesses for their generous sponsorship of our Art Show awards.
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Local businesses, supporting your Fire Brigade and your local community
Flowers, jewellery, unusual gifts and exotic homewares. There is something here to please almost anyone.
All you need to care for your car
From a quick trim to a complete indulgence package, there is plenty on offer
Magazines, newspapers, novels and reference books, art supplies too!
Op shops, community groups and emergency relief services
Financial management, mortgage brokers, banks, loans and insurance agents
Restaurants, bakeries, live music venues, cafes, pubs, bars, bottle shops, cinemas, fast food, slow food, street food, fresh food to cook at home, it's all here
Doctors, dentists, massage therapy, podiatry and pharmacist services
Printing, travel agency, dry cleaning, painting and decorating, glazing, picture framing, building and building design, nursery plants
Aquarium, reptile and other pet supplies and pet grooming services
Local real estate agents
Information and useful links for residents of our local community and for visitors to the area.
For important community information regarding incidents and emergencies in the area, please visit the Vic Emergency Incidents and Warnings page.
To know what you can and can't do during the Fire Danger Period or on a day of Total Fire Ban, visit the 'Can I Can't I' page on the CFA website
Check this page to see details of upcoming community events such as Brigade open days, Fire Ready Meetings, CFA Market stalls and special events like our Good Friday Appeal or Santa's visit on the Belgrave Fire Truck.
These activities will also be featured in the Belgrave CFA News column and the Belgrave Fire Brigade Facebook page.
Come and join the Belgrave Fire Brigade.
We have a great mix of members from very different backgrounds and age groups. If you have ever thought you might want to be a firefighter, now is the time to find out what is involved. You might be surprised at what you can do.
A firefighter responds to all sorts of emergencies. Car accidents, gas leaks, hazardous material spills and many other types of incident. We also respond to fires of course. And yes, this brigade has rescued a cat or two from local trees (although we recommend you call the RSPCA or local vet for their advice before calling for us).
You will be trained extensively and get to know your fellow firefighters before you come out on a fire call. By that time you will be reasonably confident in your own ability and you will be paired with some very experienced firefighters.
We offer full training at no cost to you, and are currently seeking senior and junior members.
Contact us if you would like to talk to someone about joining our brigade.
Please note that as a volunteer fire brigade, the station is not always occupied and there is often no one available to take phone calls. An email to this address will ensure a reply.
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Belgrave Fire Brigade, 4 Bayview Rd, Belgrave VIC 3160, Australia
Nestled in the Dandenong Ranges, Belgrave is in one of the most bushfire-prone regions in the world. We believe that it is also one of the most beautiful.
Close to the centre of Belgrave and Puffing Billy Railway Station, the volunteers of Belgrave Fire Brigade protect homes, businesses and the dense surrounding bushland.
As a Fire Brigade consisting entirely of volunteers, the Brigade members receive no money for the many hours we spend training and responding to emergencies.
Some of the jobs we attend can take an hour while others can take many. We could also be sent to a major incident within Victoria or interstate. This may mean that members must take a week off work. Many employers recognise the amazing and necessary work done by volunteers and assist their employees where they are able.
As well as fires, the Brigade responds to motor vehicle accidents, animal rescues, gas leaks, floods, tree and storm damage incidents and assists other emergency services such as the SES, Ambulance and Police.
As volunteers we are 'on call' at all times. There are no set shifts, every member responds whenever they can. This is rarely at a convenient time for volunteers, and more than one or two evening meals have been eaten cold or hastily microwaved hours after they were made.
In our spare time, members are constantly raising funds for new equipment to enable us to continue to respond to the needs of our community in a timely, effective and professional manner. The demands and responsibilities of volunteering are great, but so are the rewards.
Belgrave Fire Brigade has a rich history dating back to 1923 and it has been beautifully documented in the book "Belgrave Volunteer Fire Brigade, Our History". If you wish to learn more about the history of the Brigade from 1923 to 2002, the book is available for $10. Please email your contact details with the subject line "History Book" and you may organise a time to pick it up, or we will reply with the postage cost if you would prefer it to be posted.