CENTRAL COAST REGIONAL SHOW 2017 – 23rd Margaret Smith Memorial Art Prize

Diversity of topics, variety of mediums and techniques made this a very interesting Exhibition for the recorded 1156 visitors. That, in addition to the high standard of work and presentation, was very much appreciated and reflected in the comments from visitors and judges alike. This year our judges were highly accomplished artists Gwynneth Boyce and Francisco Pacheco, whom we thank very much for their involvement and enthusiasm.

Across the five categories we displayed 80 works, which included 16 in the Open Section; 24 in Oils/Acrylics; 28 in Work on Paper, and six each in Photography and the Young People’s section. Congratulations to all prize winners as follows:  

Section 1 – Open: 1st Angela Ferreira, with ‘Sundaze’, H.C. to Thel Brown for ‘Inferno’; Commended to Beryl Crofts for ’The Bay (Jervis)’ and Sam Blanks for ‘Wollemi Pine’.

Section 2 – Oil/Acrylics: 1st Camelle Denny, for ‘Point of View – Avoca Pool’, also H.C. ‘Mystical Dreaming’ and Commended for ‘Upper Nepean River (4)’. Rose Bickley was Commended for ‘Norah Head’.

Section 3 – Works on Paper: 1st Earl Hingston with ‘A Corner in Broken Hill’; H.C. to Marlene Palagyi for ‘Rain on the Way’; Commended to Beryl Crofts for ‘No Fishing Today’ and Fran Mackey for ‘That Time of Day’.

Section 4 – Photography: 1st Naomi Bridges for ‘Webs in Nature’, also H.C. for ‘Wonderland’ and Commended for ‘Fast Light.  Commended also to Karen Williams for ‘Pattern’.

Section 5 – Young People’s Award:  1st Shante Zoellner with ‘Oceanic Fling’ plus H.C. for ‘Grandfather’ and Commended for ‘Boudoir’.  Commended also awarded to Harrison Blake for ‘Cool’; Sophie Eliopoulou for ‘Butterflies over Rainbow’ and Dylan Ryan for ‘Peaches’.

People’s Choice Award went to Camelle Denny for her oil painting ‘Mystical Dreaming’.

Well done to the following entrants who sold their works: Paul Blackbee, Harrison Blake and Sophie Eliopoulou and myself! 

The collective goodwill, co-operation and expediency evident during the setting up and dis-assembly of the Exhibition should make each of us very proud of our Society. Exhibitions like this just don’t happen, and I take this opportunity to thank the wonderful team of CCAS members who volunteered their time and assisted in so many ways.

Thank you again, and congratulations one and all,

Fran Mackey,
Vice President & Exhibition Co-ordinator

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