Artist Tricia Reust is encouraging anyone with a flair for the creative to follow in her footsteps and enter the 2018 Emerald Art Awards.
The Brisbane-based artist has entered the competition for almost ten years and took out the coveted Central Highlands Regional Council Acquisitive Award in 2017. With the $4,000 in prize money Mrs Reust framed a solo exhibition in the Redlands that turned out to be her most successful show.
‘You can’t show your work without presenting professionally and winning something like Emerald was a gift from heaven,’ she said.
‘When you enter a competition and you’re accepted it raises your profile and it gives you a chance for people to see your work, it’s no use painting if nobody sees your work.
‘You just have to believe in yourself and entering makes you discern which pieces are worth it.
‘To exhibit your work is a sense of achievement and when you get an award it’s the icing on the cake, so trust in yourself and tell the story that you’re telling.’
The annual Emerald Art Awards program is a nation-wide competition that includes the CHRC Acquisitive Award, the CHRC Local Artist Award, the Margaret Gibson Youth Award and the People’s Choice Award.
- Easel based works (any medium)
- Works on paper (no photography or computer art)
- Three dimensional works (freestanding and wall-hung)
- Digital art
All entries will be displayed in an exhibition at the Emerald Art Gallery from 14 July 2018 to 24 August 2018.
Entries close 5.00 pm Saturday 30 June 2018.