Record entries for Leongatha Art and Photography Show

Glyn Taylor, left, won the best acrylic award at the art show for his work Western Arthurs . Glyn, pictured with his wife Carolyn, moved to Leongatha last November and he is “loving the place”.

MESLEY Hall, Leongatha displayed a record 570 art entries for the 43rd Rotary Club of Leongatha Art and Photography Show over the weekend.

Held as part of the Leongatha Daffodil Festival, visitation to the show over the three days was “excellent” according to co-ordinator Harry Leggett.

More than $250,000 worth of work was on display with between 25-30 paintings sold across the three days.

The winner of best in show any medium was won by artist Vanessa Kelly for her untitled work of a watercolour of a hay bale in a paddock.

The Phil Riseley People’s Choice award was won by Camille Thompson, for her work The Hunt featuring a tiger.

Melina Bath won first prize in the raffle which was a painting by a previous winner, Walter McGilton’s Grand Veterans of the Flinders Ranges.

In the foyer was a wonderful display of art by featured artist Bob Hickman.

Rotary Club of Leongatha president David Panther welcomed a good crowd to Friday’s gala opening followed by the announcement of prizes from guest judge Zetta Kanta who is presently curator of the Meeniyan Art Gallery.

Assisting her in the judging role was Sue Gilford who has vast experience in the art world.

Handing out delicious savouries were cast members of Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s upcoming show Jasper Jones, wearing their designed t-shirts.

Other main results were: Pat West Best Oil, winner Maureen Harris Smith for The Valley Autumn, Richard Pegler Memorial for best watercolour, winner Ken Downs for Off Haig Street, Moe, best acrylic, winner Glyn Taylor, Western Arthurs, and best pastel, winner Lorraine Alford for Praying Mary.

Best mixed media went to Siobhan Hannigan for Something Bigger, best contemporary, Bruce Plant for Little Rhino, and best ink, winner Karen Rosato, A Peaceful Sanctuary.

The South Gippsland Shire resident award went to Kerry Spokes, Between Night and Day, best monochrome photo, winner Stephen Dunlop for Bevy in Mist, best colour photo to Chris King for Ice Wall and best digitally modified photo winner was Linda Keagle for The Sentinel. Best 3D was won by Peter Smith for Father and Son.

Best South Gippsland Shire youth winners were Braiden Woodman, Under 13, for Archie and Grace Allen, 13-18 years, for an untitled work.

Three people won awards for Building Inclusive Communities all abilities sections; these were won by Nathan Foster, 13 -18 years, open section Lynne McIntyre, and Under 13 Robbie Coles.



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