Annual exhibition opens in style

John and Anne Hickson at the Tumut Art Society’s Annual Show opening on Friday night.

Tumut Art Society’s Annual Show opened on Friday night at the 5Ways Gallery, with a good-sized and enthusiastic crowd in attendance. 

It’s the Society’s 64th annual show, and the first hybrid edition, that will be held in the Gallery and online.

The exhibition has evolved over the years, is well known in the arts community and attracts accomplished artists from all over NSW, ACT Victoria and Queensland to exhibit their artworks.

The fine art judge was John Haycraft and the fibre art judge Fiona Durman.

The Acquisitive Prize for Best In Show went to Ridge by David Lake.

The judget commented that the winning artist “has a gift for using both linear perspective and colour perspective, then combining that with an unusual placement of the horizon to produce works that attract still contemplation. Added to that is the choice of subject. Sometimes ordinary aspects of the Australian landscape and even unattractive scenes produced with painterly skill become enduring works.”

The Snowy Valleys Shire Award for any medium went to Beautiful Blue Mountains by Kasey Sealy, while second prize went to Poplar Reflections by Diana Garth and highly commended Spring Pastoral by David Lake.


In the Local Scene Snowy Valleys Shire section, first prize went to The Rocky Bank by Michelle Harvey.The judge said the work  looked beyond the ordinary and found a mood and atmosphere that looks more deeply into its soul.”

Second prize went to Tumut Plains by Donald Talintyre and highly commended to Recovery – Talbingo Dam Road by Karen Walsh.

The Watercolour/Ink and Wash first prize went to Tumut Morning by Kasey Sealy. It was judged to be an “accomplished use of the enduring quality of watercolour producing a picture with atmosphere and character. A sure knowledge of hue, values and chroma makes this piece stand out.”

Second prize went to Larry’s Sheds by Julie Simmons and highly commended to Murrumbidgee River by Ray Warsop. 

First prize in the Oils section went to One Perfect Day by Julie Simmons.

Second prize went to Trunkey by David Lake, highly commended to Dreaming of Tumut by Wendy Holmes, and commended to both A Coastal View – Port MacDonnell by David Lake and Barbara by Carol Seidl.

In the Acrylics section, Waratahs by Bev Harris won first prize, which the judge said uses the medium in an exciting fashion.


Second prize went to Red Dirt Country by Jennifer Forster, highly commended to Far Horizons by Penny Rossato and commended to Morning Mist, Killimicat by Steve Underwood.

First prize in the pastels section went to Targangul by Caroline Reid, deemed to be an excellent example of an artist who has the sound practical skills of composition, drawing, tonal value arrangement and colour choices.

Second prize went to Light on the Hill around Gundagai by Penny Rossato.

In the Works on Paper section, Fern by Catherine Beattie won first prize. The judge said it was a clever use of design and simple materials to create work of interest and depth. “One would hope to see these skills taken to a larger size in future.”

Waterfall Way NSW by Terry Jarvis was won second prize and Iris by Monica Webb was highly commended.

Goanna by Bonnie Carrol took first prize in the Fibre Art section. The judge declared the piece “stunning”.

“It has a stillness that takes me out into the bush where I know, even in the quiet, creatures are watching, camouflaged and alert. The rich natural shades of colour that move in the background, like the bark of the eucalyptus, contrasts perfectly with the darker shades, curves, dots and lines of the goanna.”


Second prize went to Face by Carol Slattery and highly commended to Brumbies in the Snow by Dorothy Clee.

In the Small Paintings section, Golden Autumn by Diana Garth won first prize. The judge said it was “a skilful rendering requiring real experience to create an appealing work at such a small size.”

The Local Artist Encouragement Award went to Iris by Monica Webb and the Hangars Choice Award to Desert Hues, Gammon Ranges by Sue Cochrane.

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