SINGLETON Art Prize attracted 550 entries this year and the results of the show and judge’s comments are as follows.
Traditional and overall prize: winner Graham Cox with Buchanan Moonrise- “exquisite delicacy and deft handling of a non forgiving medium but its abiding quality rests in the masterly expression of reflected afterglow, imbuing the atmosphere with a gentle quiet mood”; highly commended David Lake with In the Bylong Valley, Terry Benson with John-ex-president Maroubra Rotary.
Water colour prize: winner Brian Stratton with Edge of the Main River- Stratton’s “ability to find the rhythms and design in seeming randomness and then rendering it without flaw, it is to be marvelled at”; highly commended Warwick Webb with Wollombi-Wild River Country and the Empress Arrives.
Contemporary winner: Rebecca Rath’s Nature’s Palimpset - “well drawn landscape/geological survey”; highly commended: Madeleine Szymanski with heart of Eden, Yvonne Langshaw with Bottles.
Pencil, pen and ink prize: winner Linda Joyce with Desolation- “You’d have to look at Lloyd Rees to see better rendering of tone and draftsmanship, the modelling is superb”; highly commended: Sandra Hendy with Paris Rooftops and Barbara Holmes with Tremain’s flour mill.
Flowers prize: Elizabeth Krause with Nerine Splendour - “wonderful composition and control of the watercolour medium, so fresh and full of light with colour dominating the whole”; highly commended Rebecca Rath with Waratah, Colina Grant with Nicholi and Lillies.
Still Life prize: winner Linda Joyce with Pumpkin and Purple- “such old world charm and yet so modern, I can’t quite grasp what is special about it and that delights me, it is special”; highly commended: Doreen Shaw with Farmhouse Breeze, Julie Simmons with Just Peachy.
Miniature prize: winner Madeleine Szymanski with A Secret- “just avoiding sentimentality, the direct light and back light is beautifully and convincingly portrayed”; highly commended: Doreen Shaw with Vista, Debbie Daymond with Double Trouble.
Local prize: winner Col Shearer’s with Old Cattle stalls- “the very formal composition is sufficiently disturbed by the broken door and half seen objects in shadow to be interesting and it is so wonderfully and accurately rendered”; highly commended: Mai Okabe with Early in the afternoon, Fay Gray How much can a Koala bear?
Local 2: highly commended: Jordan Pegler Finch, Stephen Graham, Tea Bird, Alex Gallagher. Awesome jem in the window, Mark Morgan Man and his dog.
Youth 16-18 winner: Phoebe Prowse Interior; youth winner 12-15 Renae Hedges Thoth; youth winner 8-11 Brendan Kelly The Owl.