Recipients of the annual Central Highlands Regional Council Art Awards – Emerald have been announced at the official award presentation on Friday night.
Council received 132 entries across seven categories.
Mayor Kerry Hayes presented the awards and said he is pleased to see the calibre of art increasing every year.
‘The Central Highlands is quickly becoming a hub for art and creativity,’ says Mayor Kerry Hayes.
‘It’s especially great to see entrants come in from beyond the Central Highlands.
‘Congratulations to the deserving recipients and thank you to all the wonderful artists who submitted an entry,’ he said.
Voting for the People’s Choice Award will continue until midnight on 21 August 2022 (midnight) via Have Your Say Highlands Council. The winner will be announced via social media on 23 August 2022.
All entries will be on display at the Emerald Art Gallery Monday to Friday between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm until 17 September 2022.
Category 1 : Easel Based Works
First: Lyn Laver-Ahmat, Minerva Hills
Second: Joanne Kerr, Coal Train
Highly Commended: Sharon Kirk, Finding Myself in the Landscape
Highly Commended: Ainslie McMahon, Delight of the Gum Forest
Category 2: Works on Paper
First: Helen Chivers, Cloud Dreaming
Second: Rolf Bottenbruch, On the Hunt
Highly Commended: Tara Lewis, Mr Cheeky
Highly Commended: Ainslie McMahon, Horses for India
Highly Commended: Michelle Bradshaw, Shadowing Ancestors
Category 3: Three Dimensional Works
First: Michelle Gray & Raelene Bock, Rich Harvest
Second: Hugo Spooner, Together as One
Highly Commended: Gai Sypher, Home Among the Gum Trees
Highly Commended: Carol Forster, Udu Drum
Category 4: Photography
First: Sandra Ryan, Tegan
Second: Tricia Godwin, Following the Road
Highly Commended: Karen Galea, In the Shed
Category 5: Digital Art
First: Natasha Jurd, Trapped
Second: Jemma Isherwood, Self Reformation
Highly Commended: Natasha Jurd, Innocent
Category 6: Juvenile 13 – 18 years
First: Meisha Greentree, Postcards from the Past
Second: Stella Nyman, Love is In the Air
Highly Commended: Will Strong, The Strange Lands
Highly Commended: Hannah Atkinson, Am I an Animal?
Category 7: Junior 12 years and under
First: Annabelle Dunne (10yrs), Newt & Tina
Second: Tavenor Stewart (9yrs), Blackdown Tablelands
Highly Commended: Bridgette Dunne, Hank Loses
CHRC Local Artist award:
Loretta Horn, Muse
CHRC Acquisitive Prize:
Jet James, Tipping Point