THE Alton Gallery is bursting at its seams with 9x5 paintings.
And it is all in the name of fundraising for the Echuca Search and Rescue.
More than 150 artworks were submitted for the fundraising exhibition which kicked off at the gallery on Saturday.
Organiser Veronica Lamb said the exhibition is a way the gallery can give back to the local group.
‘‘The search and rescue group help us each October moving screens from the gallery to St Mary’s and back again,’’ she said.
‘‘So we thought this fundraising exhibition was one way of paying them back for all the work they do.
‘‘They don’t get any funding from the government and rely solely on donations from the public, so why not come and buy some great art while allowing the group to purchase much-needed equipment.
The exhibition features artists from around the country.
‘‘There is no specific theme and we have artworks by artists from everywhere, including Melbourne, Koondrook, Deniliquin and right around Australia,’’ Ms Lamb said.
‘‘We were overwhelmed by the response and how many artists submitted more than one piece.
‘‘With some art groups buying 30 boards for their artists to submit.’’
Ms Lamb said the exhibition is a ‘‘win-win’’ for both groups.
‘‘Both the gallery and the search and rescue will benefit from this exhibition and we invite the community to get involved,’’ she said.
‘‘You will be helping out a great local service while purchasing some great artworks.
‘‘There aren’t just paintings on offer, there are also different materials and techniques used to create some amazing pieces of art I am sure you will love.’’
The exhibition is open for the rest of August and is free entry.
■The Alton Gallery is open Fridays 10am-3pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm.