Local student artist makes show history
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.
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.