66th Annual Art Exhibition officially opened

Artists Jennie Forster and Daragh McCallum at the 66th Annual Art Exhibition official opening on Friday night.

TUMUT Art Society’s abundance of talent was on show at the 5Ways 66th Annual Art Exhibition opening on Friday night.

A good crowd gathered to see the amazing works on show, and then the prizewinning works were announced. 

The Fine Art judge was Melissa Read Divine and Textiles Judge Bev Dennis.

Nina Volk’s stunning Tumut River Aerial was awarded the Best In Show Acquisitive Prize, Any Section, Any Medium.

Judges’ comments were: Glorious rendition of a local vista. Great combination of moody darks and light-filled spaces.”

Section 1 was the Snowy Valleys Shire Award – Any Medium , and first place went to Drought Gums, Forbes by Kasey Sealy. “As an artist who looks at trees constantly, I could not go past this painting. Beautiful light with the magnificent gum taking centre stage with the magnificent gum taking centre stage.”

The Way Through by Wendy Holmes won second prize, Kimberly Mosaic by Donald Talintyre highly commended and White Protea by Bev Harris commended.

In Section 2, Local Scene Snowy Valleys Shire – Any Medium,  first prize went to Simply Gilmore by Geoff Naylor. “A difficult composition to portray well, and this is done beautifully. The sweep of light and fabulous colour executed with loose confident brushstrokes   had me re-looking at this painting many times.”

Second prize went to Brungle Beauty by Bob Gurney, Mountain Rocks Yarrangobilly by Karen Walsh was commended and Sawpit Falls, Adelong Ruins by Wendy Holmes commended.

Section 3 is Oils and Get on Board by Leigh Hewitt. “Such a brilliant subject for a still life. Beautifully painted and with a real sense of humour and affection.”

Second prize was Red Earth-White Cliffs by David Lake, Light Across Gilmore was highly commended and First Snowfall by Jan Loose commended.

Section 4 is Watercolour/Ink Wash, and first prize went to Griselda’s Might by Julie Simmons.

“Watercolour with a contemporary vision. I love the mark-making and collage on a bright clear outback scene.

Second prize went to Salt Pans along the Cuttaburra by Angela Pearce, Highly commended to Morning Light Tinga by Kasey Sealy and Commended to A Farmer’s Work is Never Done by Terry Jarvis.

Section 5 is Acrylics and the first prize winner was Glass Half Full by Anne Rayment. “I chose this painting as it was a great use of medium, colour and form. It is really nice to have a sense of the energy used by the artist.

Second prize went to The Gardens by Kylie Jefferson, highly commended to Waterfall from the Track by Maryann Marshall and commended to Admiring the View by Kate Gradwell.

In Section 6, Pastels, At Talbingo Beach by Jennifer Forster won first prize for At Talbingo Beach. “A standout in this section. Clear colour and tonal contrasts combined with strong mark making skills. And I am a fan of trees.”

Second prize went to Echidna Hunting by Jeanette Graham, highly commended to Magic Land by Tatiana Caines and commended to Turon River Reflections by Susan A’Beckett.

In Section 7, Works On Paper, first prize winner was Big Murray by Emily Shannon. “An exciting combination of collage, paint and paper. And a very nicely rendered fish.”

Second prize was Culliga Mines Road by Lyn Angus, highly commended The Girls by Daragh McCallum and Workmates by Jeanette Graham.

In Section 8, Fibre Art, first prize went to Hilltops fallow buck by Donna Lewis. “A sensitive and delicate piece using wool fibres. Wonderful details.”

An Amulet for Uncertainty by Beverley Moxon was second. “Wonderful and complex stitching utilizing many techniques resulting in a delightful work of art.”

Banksias by Carol Slattery was highly commended and The Forest Floor by Beverley Moxon commended.

The Textured Stitch Award went to “Winner” by Steve Lennox. “Amazing 3D sculpture, excellent composition and tapestry in an original artwork.” 

Section 9 was Small Painting and Collage with Gumleaf by Lyn Angus took first prize. “A clean graphic scene with enough detail in it to make the viewer want to see further in. The use of the leaf is an inspired touch.”

Second prize went to Blue Willow by Marlene Weaver, highly commended to Evening by Melissa Martin and commended to Lonely Mountain by Jessica Wilds.

The Local Artist Encouragement Award went to Blue Dog 2 by Shanade Aylett. “Painted with genuine affection and excellent draughtsmanship. The background really makes the piece special.

Virtual Awards went to My Little Pony by Vicki McKay (first prize), Kimberley Splendour by Deb Long (second) and In the Woods by Angelo Calcagno (third).

Hanger’s Choice went to Train to Cudgewa by Nina Volk.

The exhibition is on up until it’s final day Sunday April 7.

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