The partnership between Parke Lawyers and the Camberwell Art Show has resulted in the 52nd annual show getting away to a tremendous start.

From the Gala Opening on Friday evening until the close of the second day of public viewing on Sunday, sales of artworks had already exceeded the total sales from the 2016 show of $295,000 … and there are still seven viewing days remaining. The art show is being staged at the Swinburne University Advanced Technologies Centre and is open for viewing til July 16.

Parke Lawyers is the gold sponsor of this year’s show and Managing Director Jim Parke says, “We are delighted that our partnership has helped contribute to record-breaking sales on the first weekend.

“As the show is organised by the Rotary Club of Camberwell, all funds raised from admission and commissions from the sale of art works are allocated to charitable causes at local, national and international levels,” Mr Parke says.

“The ongoing success of the art show can be attributed to Rotarians and a legion of friends who volunteer their time. This ensures that all funds raised channel back into communities, making them stronger and better places to live.”

The involvement of Parke Lawyers extends beyond the financial contribution, according to Mr Parke. “We have also partnered with the organisers to promote the show, which included distributing weekly news releases to the media and our to our extensive community and business contacts.

“It was also an honour for Parke Lawyers to present the Best in Show award, valued at $20,000, during the Gala Opening. The winner is Bill Caldwell for his work titled ‘Still Life, Fiona’.”

Other winners are: Best Traditional (Acquisitive) – Pheh It Hao for ‘Autumn Dews – Monsalvat’; Best Non Traditional (Acquisitive) – Tom Nagy for ‘Squid’; Best Traditional – Lorraine Burns for ‘Bright Summer Blooms’; Best Non Traditional – Julie Simmons for ‘Dusk’; Best Oil/Acrylic – Brad Quinn for ‘Ballarat Railway Station’; and Best Work on Paper – Louis Sauzier for ‘Narrow Laneway in Venice’.

The three judges also made special awards with Colin Johnson’s going to Darren Meader for ‘Sun’s Last Rays’, Lyn Mellady’s to Jennifer Croom for ‘Kabuki Bowie’ and Dr Michael Mark’s to Leigh Newitt for ‘Three Apples’.

The Camberwell Art Show continues until Sunday afternoon at the Swinburne University Advanced Technologies Centre, 427 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, with 1300 paintings on display from leading artists throughout Australia. It is open each day from 10am to 5pm.

Go to for full details, including the demonstrating artists program and online bookings. Tickets for the show can be purchased online or are available at door.