SINGLETON Art Prize reached a major milestone at the weekend when it opened doors for its 30th year.
From its inception, this event has always been a credit to all involved.
The sheer work involved in hanging the artwork which this year numbered around 550, in addition to the man hours required just to open the doors for the five day exhibition requires total commitment by many people.
The Rotary Club of Singleton on Hunter has coordinated this event over recent years and members put in a tremendous effort in the weeks leading up to and during the event to deliver a quality exhibition to the people of Singleton and the wider Hunter Valley.
The overall winning artwork over those 30 years has been acquired for inclusion in the Singleton Art Collection. This collection, which includes artworks donated over as many years, has more than 80 artworks that belong to the people of Singleton.
Visit any community building such as Singleton Library or the council chambers and you will see some of the artwork in the collection.
The idea of an art collection owned by the community was great foresight by those who came up with the original concept of Singleton Art Prize and reflects a community spirit that benefits future generations for years to come.
Congratulations must also go to Norm MacPherson, recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship award at the art prize opening night.
Rarely does this award go outside Rotary circles but Norm’s inclusion in this prestigious group of individuals is a reflection of his commitment to equality among people with disabilities.
A worthy recipient and another wonderful citizen of Singleton.