165 entries from 70 artists - including 35 new artists were submitted to the 2016 Wattle Range Art Show now in its second year. The offical opening was held on Friday 28th October with the winners announced on the night. Judged by the new Director of the Riddoch Art Gallery and Art lecturer and artist Debra Rogers it was very inspiring to hear such positive comments from the judges who commented on the standard, the experimental art that was entered and the art development of the artists.
The Exhibition reflects the diverse range of artists in or region and this annual exhibition continues to attract a number of well known artists who have been successful in a number of exhibitions. Tanya Hunter the winner of the prestigious John Shaw Neilson art prize and a talented artist across many mediums won the Mixed Media category with "Malevolence" a striking moody evocative seascape and boat and was the joint winner in the Mayoral Award with " The yellows of May" which reminded Mayor Gandolfi of a June winter landscape, Tanya's stunning resin work was applied to her art work. Tanya was a new entrant to the Exhibition and is fast developing a reputation as a fine artist. Casterton artist and once local Colin Tennyson was the joint winner with his portrait of Margaret Ollie" truly resonating with Margaret and her love of art. Runner up in the mixed media was a beautiful piece all in white, the simplicity of this intricate piece was highlighted by the purity of the white, Marg Hage's "The Promise of White" and third was an experimental piece by Cate Bell " Cherries of the golden soil"
Winner of the 2015 Wattle Range Art Exhibition visual art award Diana Wiseman was awarded first prize for her representation of "The Bluff" An iconic landscape in Wattle Range. Runner up was local artist Loretto Cataldi with his first landscape in 25 years, a fine painting of Lake McIntyre which represented one of Millicent's tourism icons. His work drew many positive comments and applause. A beautiful landscape. Robe artist Jo Jo Spook was third with "Over Yonder" and Dale Bishop was awarded a merit for his beautiful landscape in the golden glow of "A good morning"
This year we added a category loosely called "drawing" to capture those mediums that are often over awed by oils and acrylics and their fine representation is lost. Local artist and first time entrant Stephanie Barton won with "Mocs Battye Street" Melentie commented that the drawing of her dog showed lots of movement. Runner up was a beautiful colour drawing of a dog that Debbie said followed you around the room - Donita Heath's "Farm Dog"
Textile art was a very competitive category with some fine artisans entering their work. Gill Oswald Jacobs from Casterton won with a beautiful woven basket utilising dyed fibre and wool. Julianne McEwen's beautiful textile art of Mount Muirhead was runner up, it captured the light and depth of the landscape. Julianne Woodruff's dress and wrap was third, an amazing costume made by Julianne from the beginning of a piece of fibre to a dress.
Sculpture always brings to the fore beautiful work across found objects, timber and industrial pieces. Care Bells' "One Happy Sucker" a sculpted decorated vacuum cleaner was the winner, Ralph Rigney's amazing and beautiful "Snake" was runner up, with Penola artisan third with a beautiful flowing sculpture. The judges commented that every entry had special attributes.
The Barbara Wallace Ceramic section was small but represented Barbara Wallace's work, with Peter Woodruff the winner with a small Raku bowl "Earthfire" runner up was Julianne Woodruff with a beautiful Blue ceramic tray, "Wavelines"
Youth artist Jamie Wood from Luicindale and Millicent's India Strother were awarded achievement awards for youth.
The Exhibition runs through to December 10 and already has had an outstanding number of visits