Artist wins top award


Artist wins top award

Leongatha Art Gallery: South Gippsland Shire Council deputy mayor, Cr Mohya Davies, who declared the exhibition officially open, toasts the winner, Leslie Monahan.

LESLIE Monahan of Meeniyan has won the major award and $1000 in the Leongatha Art and Craft Society’s Liberated Books competition for her mixed-media sculpture Four Decades.

The South Gippsland Residents Award (with a prize of $500) went to Grant Flather of Yanakie for his artist’s book About Face, which features abstract faces coloured in Photoshop and coupled with words and quotes.

Sue Gilford won the Leongatha Gallery and Meeniyan Art Gallery Members Award ($250 prize) for Jacobs Ladder which uses the technique of pyrography on wood with canvas, bound with leather, to tell a story through images.

A delighted Ms Monahan said it was pure coincidence that her winning artist’s book represented 40 years of her life in a competition to celebrate the Leongatha Gallery’s 40th birthday.

“I can’t wait to phone my father in Bermagui to tell him I’ve won because he taught me to weld,” she said.

“I’ve been wanting to buy a plasma cutter for ages and I’m going to use the prizemoney for that.”

Plasma cutting is an effective way to cut metals of varying thicknesses.

The opening of the Liberated Books exhibition and announcement of competition winners took place on Sunday, September 2 at Meeniyan Art Gallery where all 48 artists’ books are on show until September 27 because of space limitations at Leongatha Gallery.

The competition and exhibition celebrates the Leongatha Art and Craft Society’s 40th anniversary this year.

South Gippsland Shire deputy mayor, Councillor Mohya Davies performed the official opening and Leongatha Art and Craft Society president Patricia Hill introduced the competition judges to announce the winners.

The difficult task of judging a wide variety of works of a high standard fell to Eileen Thurgood, director of the East Gippsland Art Gallery in Bairnsdale, which holds a biennial artist’s book exhibition, and Dineke McLean, a renowned artist and tutor with a long association with South Gippsland who now lives in Melbourne.

Looking back over 40 years of art and craft, Patricia Hill said the Leongatha Gallery had a long and proud history of support for art and craft in the district.

“Its first green shoots sprang up long ago when a group of dedicated people with a vision nurtured a need in the community,” she said.

“We have some of those foundation members here right now: Maie Riseley, Margaret Nelson, Vic Rowlands and Pat Dale, and Anne Shandley whose late mother Dot Court was our first president.”

Patricia said that enthusiasm creates a powerful energy and that energy has been the secret weapon behind the ongoing success of the gallery to this day.

“It has remained true to its core in bringing together people interested in all facets of art and crafts, to promote and foster creative talent and to bring it to a wide as possible an audience, and to encourage and stimulate its members to achieve higher standards in their work,” she said.

“It’s also provides a retail outlet for its members to sell their work and finally to use the gallery as a way to attract tourists into the South Gippsland area. Stand up and be counted and feel proud now as you have achieved everything you set out to do.”

Patricia said the Liberated Books competition and exhibition was the perfect opportunity not only for established artists but also for up-and-coming artists to showcase and possibly sell their work.


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