Heat on artists to be at their best

Burning desire to help: Ned Pannuzzo (right), with Kalkallo captain Damien Elvey, shows a work by artist Frank Hughes, which is among those on sale. Picture: Marco De LucaGENTLE artistry and the travails of firefighting merge this weekend as the Kalkallo CFA holds its annual art show fund-raiser.
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The show, in its 16th year, will have about 370 artworks on display, mostly

paintings and photographs, donated by about 50 artists across Melbourne; all the works are for sale.

Former brigade captain and art show committee chairman Ned Pannuzzo says the art show fund-raiser began in order to raise $80,000 for a new tanker.

It took eight years to raise the money.

The art show has since become an annual event and the money raised is now used for buying various equipment.

“There’s always stuff you need so the brigade is in the forefront of the community,” Mr Pannuzzo says.

“If we can raise about $6500 [this weekend] we’ll be happy.

“Times are tough financially, so it’s hard to say what we’ll raise.

“Art is not for everyone, but the prices are fairly good; they’re affordable.”

Mr Pannuzzo hopes people will visit the art show as it’s the last year it will be staged at Jika Farm in Mickleham, where it has been held since it began.

“It’s in a big barn transformed into an art gallery,” he says.

“We ask people to come and have a look; they’ll be amazed. It’s the last time it will be held at this property because it’s going to be pulled down.”

The art show is at Jika Farm from 9am-5pm on June 9 and 10.

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