PAINT PRESTO 2018 is an exciting three day art event held alongside the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues on November 2, 3 & 4.

 PAINT PRESTO is an outdoor painting experience that challenges artists to paint or draw from the community in just one day. 

Day one


Friday 2nd November

Day two


Saturday 3rd November


Day Three


Sunday 4th November

Wangaratta is a picturesque rural city situated where the Ovens and King Rivers meet. Inspiration for artists can be found in the surrounds of natural and manmade scenes. Images such as cathedrals and heritage buildings, gardens and rivers - to the festival ambience of colors, crowds, musical venues, performers, food & wine vendors and markets.

Be inspired

This year’s program will consist of a WORKSHOP DAY with half day workshops by renowned Australian & International artist Wendy Sharpe. This will be followed by a rapid PAINTING DAY – creating a picture from start to finish; and an EXHIBITION DAY where finished work will be presented to the public at the Wangaratta Art Gallery with work judged by our resident artist Wendy Sharpe. Prizes will be awarded and all work will be available for sale.

Local artists and artists from all over Australia are encouraged to register for this exciting event. In doing so you can enjoy the Jazz & Blues of one of Australia’s leading regional music festivals, whilst you explore your personal passion for making art.

“The Paint Presto Art Event is a wonderful and exciting painting festival. What a fabulous idea to combine this with Jazz and Blues music. It will be a stunning success!”
— Wendy Sharpe

Our 2017 Judge

Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia’s most awarded artists. She lives and works in Sydney and Paris. Major awards include winning; The Sulman Prize, 2 travelling Scholarships, The Portia Geach Memorial Award (twice) and The Archibald Prize. Major commissions include; an Olympic pool size mural for Cook and Philip Park Aquatic Centre Sydney, a commission by the Australian War Memorial and an Australian Official Artist to East Timor 1999 (the 1st woman since WW2). Wendy has also had commissions to draw the Australian ballet. She has been awarded many international artist residencies in Paris (twice), Egypt, Mexico, China and two Antarctica residencies. Wendy has been a Finalist in the Sulman Prize - Art Gallery of New South Wales, 12 times and a Finalist in the Archibald Prize - Art Gallery of New South Wales, 6 times. She has held over 46 solo exhibitions around Australia and internationally.