Lo­cal stu­dent artist makes show his­tory

Chinchilla News - - CHINCHILLA SHOW -

OVER 80 works of art graced the walls of the Fine Art Sec­tion in the Chin­chilla Show pav­il­ion over the week­end.

Fine Art chief stew­ard Wes­ley Ir­win said both him­self and vis­it­ing Toowoomba judge Cathy McClel­land were im­pressed by the stan­dard the com­pe­ti­tion gleaned this year, but Regina Hy­land’s prickly pear paint­ing which took out Grand Cham­pion, won the Chin­chilla Cu­bism class, Best Lo­cal and Best Con­tem­po­rary paint­ing was a stand-out.

Re­serve Cham­pion Ali­cia Streten, a Year 12 stu­dent at Chin­chilla SHS stu­dent, was the other daz­zling tal­ent at the show, with her por­trait also tak­ing out the High School class.

“The pierc­ing gaze of Ali­cia’s por­trait was no­ticed by many passers-by as was the fan­tas­tic tonal qual­ity of the por­trait,” Mr Ir­win said.

“I’ve been in­volved in the art sec­tion since the 80’s (and) I can’t re­mem­ber a high schooler ever win­ning one of the cham­pion awards. It’s an as­tound­ing achieve­ment.”

Other dom­i­nant dis­plays were seen in the Draw­ing class, where Kim Os­burn won both first and sec­ond and in the Artists with a Dis­abil­ity class where Bren­dan Rine­hart also scooped up the top prizes.

“With some great new spon­sors, a strong social media pres­ence and some amaz­ing re­sults, we’re all look­ing for­ward to next year’s show,” Mr lr­win said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NUM­BER ONE: Re­serve Cham­pion Ali­cia Streten made his­tory at the Chin­chilla Show as the first high school stu­dent to win the top ac­co­lades in the Fine Art sec­tion.

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