ART // ELENA Kolotusha’s captivating portrait of a dog staring at a key won the people’s choice award at this year’s Warragul Rotary Art Show, held in Warragul last weekend.
Above: Rotarians Neville Pellitt, Richard Habgood and Ross Dawson at the art show last weekend.
“The Key of Sincerity” won with a clear margin from over 300 votes cast and was also highly commended by judge Ray Wilson.
Best exhibit in show was awarded to Mary Hennekam for her piece “MT Buller,” while Aimi Edmonson won the emerging artist prize with “A Beautiful Mind.”
Club president Richard Habgood told the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen while the number of entries was down slightly on last year, “members are thinking the quality of entries is up on previous years.”
He said an unexpectedly large number of people voted in the people’s choice category over the weekend and he suspected a majority of visitors were from Warragul and Drouin.
“Most people are keen to do the people’s choice,” he said. “We find it gives people a focus.”
Mr Habgood said the Rotary club was “trying to get the broader community involved in the organising” of the event.
“There’s a couple of goals for the club,” he said. “Firstly, it’s a community service project… and it’s also a fund raiser. It’s one of our two big fund raisers.
Rotary worked with the Baw Baw Arts Alliance and volunteers from local businesses and the Warragul Regional College to set up the weekend-long exhibition.
Next year’s show is to be held between 17 and 20 November.
Full winners list:
Best exhibit in show: “Mt Buller” by Mary Hennekam
Best Gippsland artist: “Blue is the Warmest Colour” by Nicholas Perrin
Best forms of life (including human, fauna and marine): “The Wash Basin” by Rosemary Todman
Best still life (including floral): “Eye Candy” by Margaret Koopmans
Best landscape (including seascape): “Boat at Eden” by Kenneth Downs
Best abstract/interpretative work: “Going to Her First Ball” by Anita George
Best 3D (any medium): “Big Ship” by Wayne Foenander
Emerging Artist – 1st prize: “A Beautiful Mind” by Aimi Edmonson
Emerging Artist – 2st prize: “Missy 2” by Terry Higgs
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