In her artist statement, Sam said: “The melaleuca trees and marshy ground are represented in a way that appears to extend beyond the limits of the picture frame giving an impression of fluidity, fluctuation and change that is characteristic of this evanescent landscape.”.
Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski, who officially opened the exhibition, congratulated the finalists on their outstanding works.
“Now in its fourth year, the Local Artists – Local Content Art Prize exhibition has become a highlight of Caloundra Regional Gallery’s annual exhibition calendar, featuring the formidable talent of our local artists,” Cr Baberowski said.
“Congratulations to the winners of each category – Sam Vatovey, Linda Pollard, Marvene Ash, Robert McKeown and Tory Richards.
“I would also like to thank artist Rick Everingham for taking on the judging role for this year’s prize – a huge responsibility but one that I’m sure was very rewarding.”
Friends, Regional Gallery Caloundra Inc. president Marie Pigott said the quality of entries in the 2017 art prize was outstanding, encompassing everything from traditional to contemporary styles.
“The works depict the Sunshine Coast in all its glory, showcasing everything from coastal and hinterland landscapes, through to native wildlife, buildings and prominent community members,” Mrs Pigott said.
“This art award provides a great opportunity for our talented local artists to be recognised and to exhibit their work in a regional gallery to a national audience.
“All 40 finalist pieces will be available for purchase so it’s a great opportunity for gallery visitors to invest in an amazing piece of local art to display in their home, office or business.”
Prizes awarded during the official opening were:
- Sam Vatovey – Drawn for a New Beginning – Best of Show – $3000 (sponsored by Mary Henzell Investments Pty Ltd)
- Linda Pollard – Strata – Best Oil or Acrylic – $1500 (sponsored by Mark McArdle, MP and Judy McArdle)
- Marvene Ash – Brush Box – Best Watercolour – $1500 (sponsored by Stuart and Kylie Border, Local Agent Real Estate
- Robert McKeown – The Entrance – Best Mixed/Other Medium – $1500 (sponsored by Friends Regional Gallery Caloundra Inc.)
- Tory Richards – Jandamarra – Best Three-Dimensional – $1500 (sponsored by Friends Regional Gallery Caloundra Inc.)
Throughout the exhibition, gallery visitors have the opportunity to vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice Award, with the winning artist to receive a $500 prize sponsored by Geoff Lyons Solicitors Pty Ltd.
The Local Artists – Local Content Art Prize and exhibition are curated by the Friends, Regional Gallery Caloundra Inc. in partnership with Caloundra Regional Gallery.
The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, November 5.
Local Artists – Local Content Art Prize finalists
Miles Allen Linda Pollard
Marvene Ash Chris Postle
Peta Boyce Beatrice Prost
Cherylynne Bullen Tory Richards
Roger Callen Jan Roebuck
Kerrie Corcoran Phillip Rolton
Scott Denholm Barry Rosenberg
Terry Dugdale Helen Saint-Smith
Jude Fernandes Stella Stephenson
Carol Forster Thom Stuart
Barry Breen Kym Tabulo
Serge Grimaitre Katrin Terton
Bernardine Hine Noel Thomas
Judith Laws Sally Thomson
Jacky Lowry Margaret Ellen Turner
Robert McKeown Sam Vatovey
Rob Mortimer Pam Walpole
Margi Parry Brian Wareham Jones
Glenda Pitt Darren White
Wolfgang Pleiades Kerry Wilson