THE high standard and good number of entries in paintings, photographs, sculptures and crafts made the judging decisions difficult for Dennis Leversha at Meeniyan’s 38th annual Art and Craft Exhibition, however the relatively small crowd in attendance at the awards announcement last Friday evening seemed to closely agree with his conclusions.
Altogether, $1,800 worth of sponsored prizes was distributed and an engaging social evening was enjoyed.
Fish Creek artist Ann Todd Foulds won the $200 prize sponsored by Cr Bob Newton for Best Exhibit in Show with her painting Anemone.
However other locals who did well with prizes included:
- Yanakie residents Meg Thornborrow and her daughter Fiona Green, and friend Jocelyn Meyer of Fish Creek for large felted works, and in Meg’s case, also for a mosaic. Their rustic rugs have won exhibition space at Meeniyan Art Gallery.
- Welshpool mother and daughter Joanne and Ella Hendrie with (respectively) a watercolour/pen work titled Fruit and Veg Trio and a pen drawing Owl.
- Buffalo’s Robert Poletti with the oil painting, Heading Out to Sea, Franklin River.
- Fish Creek’s Cynthia Phelan for the pastel portrait of her well-known daughter Kelly Pruyn.
- Sandy Point couple Andrew and Marlene Kasper each won prizes for their work. Andrew for a steel sculpture and Marlene for a lemon-coloured glass dish.
- Meeniyan’s Genevieve Scholte won Youth Encouragement prizes for three of her metal sculptures and Vanessa Redpath, who won a Youth Photography Prize for Rainbows End.
- Meeniyan craftswoman Diane Wolf for a crochet rug.
Other award winners in photography were Moe couple Peter and Pam Boyes, Leongatha’s Rachael Dennison and Kilcunda’s Tony Middleton.
In paintings, Inverloch’s Judy Jennison and Leongatha’s Teagan Hasson and Julie Lundgren-Coulter captured prizes.
Korumburra’s Jan Appleton was recognised for her textile combination of a jumper and beanie for a young boy.