19th, 20th, 21st June 2018
MONDAY, June 20: Diversity of subject matter, variety of technique and the and many individual modes of creative expression.
They were the hallmarks of the 2016 Woolam Constructions Art on Show Awards, announced at Mackay Showgrounds 500 Pavilion last night.
The event was officially opened by Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert and attracted 250 works from throughout the country – with a strong representation from the local Mackay region.
Judged by nationally-renowned Melbourne-based artist, Rona Green, the winners of the 2016 event are:
$3000 Overall Winner – Woollam Constructions Art on Show Award: Jan Ward, A Flurry of Moths
Section 1 – Mastertec Easel Painting Award: Commended: David Conway, Nightime Overlooking Tibet; Highly Commended: Carol Bell, Gang Gang One; 1st Place: Merv Nairn, Abandoned.
Section 2 – Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Works on Paper Award: Commended: Marilyn Bliss, Drought, Fire, Floods 2; Highly Commended: Jet James, View from Farnborough Beach; 1st Place: Jenni Hanna, Entwined.
Section 3 – Seven Mackay Local News Miniature Award: Commended: Pam Slattery, Fig Bird; Highly Commended: Tina Spira, Elements of Japan; 1st Place: Eleanor Torr, Primary Light.
Section 4 – North Jacklin Emergent Artist Award: Commended: Autumn O Skuthorpe, Hardline; Highly Commended: Amber Moore, Lasting Impressions; 1st Place: Francesca Dator, Distorted Urbanisation.
Section 4 – Emergent Artists Arts Practice Award: Francesca Dator, Distorted Urbanisation.
Section 5 – The Artspace Mackay Artist Book Award: Commended: May-Britt Mosshammer, Set in Stone; Highly Commended: Nadia Narelle Kliendanze, Annaghmakerrig; 1st Place: Mandy Gunn, Inside the Curiosity Shop.
The TJ Picture Framing People’s Choice Award and K & J Weir Plumbing, People’s Choice Award will be announced following the event.
Ms Green commended the artists on entering the show and putting the work on public display.
“It’s a very brave thing to do,” she said.
“I want to thank the artists for sharing their work … the number of poeple here tonight shows there is a ready audience, so never feel shy about putting your work out there, because if you like it there is bound to be someone else who does as well.”
All works on display in the exhibition, whcih is being staged on the first floor of the 500 Pavilion for the duration of the show, are for sale. Workshops and demonstrations will take place during the three-day show event.