On Monday May 3rd 1954, cultural studies were given a boost when a meeting sponsored by Echuca Drama Group was held at the William Conn Hall in Darling Street to discuss the formation of an Art Group in Echuca. The meeting decided that an Art Group should be formed to promote the study and appreciation of traditional and contemporary art.
The inaugural meeting of the proposed Echuca Art Group was held at the house of Mrs Joy Pittaway on 11th May 1954 and Echuca Art Group was formed. The committee consisted of Joy Pittaway, Dorothy Dalton, Vida Gibson - a art teacher at Echuca High School, Win Maloney, Edna Hooper, Grace Walker, Gwen Gemmill - Echuca Technical School Teacher, Laurie Etherton, Lesley Kemp and Audrey Allison. Dorothy Dalton was elected Secretary, it was considered unnecessary to elect a full executive committee. First President elect was Vida Gibson on February 16th 1955 with Secretary/Treasurer Joy Pittaway. The Groups first Exhibition was held at the Civic Centre October 1955 and voted an outstanding success.
The art group began with drawing classes, talks, films and tutorials which were as popular then as they are today. Within the art group over the years, hundreds of people have been given the opportunity to tap into their ability to draw and paint, finding pleasure and fulfilment with a lot of enjoyment along the way.
On May 23rd 1956 it was suggested that a scholarship be given to the a promising Indigenous Art Student. Clive Atkinson was the recipient and the sholarship was awarded in 1957. Clive is well known for his artistic talents in painting, sculpture, pottery and woodwork.
15 years ago, Echuca Moama Artists (formerly Echuca Art Group) were successful in being able to rent the old Infant Welfare Centre (originally built by Echuca Rotary Club)in Alton Reserve from Campaspe Shire. Alton Gallery was born. The Gallery is run by members on a voluntry basis and is open to the public Fridays and Saturdays, and by appointment on special occasions. Tutors come from far and wide and all classes are held at the Gallery.
Exhibitions are held during the year in the Gallery with a new Guest Artist featured every month. Our large exhibition is held away from the Gallery each October attracting artists from all over Australia.
Echuca Moama Artists have continued to implement the ideals set up in 1954.
Alton Gallery Echuca
Ralph Waldo Emerson - 'Every artist was first an amateur'
Alton Gallery is home to the Echuca Moama Artists inc.
We are a very diverse group of artists and encourage new members
Our monthly meeting is the first thursday of each month at the gallery 1.00pm start