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Ellenbrook Advocate - - NEWS -

THE win­ners of the El­len­brook Open Art Awards were an­nounced at the ex­hi­bi­tion’s open­ing night re­cently.

Five of the eight re­cip­i­ents were from El­len­brook and The Vines, with the over­all win­ner award pre­sented to Hil­larys woman Mar­garet Wendt.

Swan Mayor Mick Wain­wright pre­sented the award for most out­stand­ing work by a City of Swan res­i­dent.

“Art adds colour and life to our com­mu­ni­ties, has the abil­ity to start con­ver­sa­tions, en­cour­ages thought and most im­por­tantly, cre­ates a sense of place and com­mu­nity,” he said.

“One hun­dred and twelve en­trants com­peted for awards in seven cat­e­gories and I was par­tic­u­larly pleased to see so many youth en­trants. Three of these won awards, which is a tes­ta­ment to the tal­ent of the young peo­ple in our com­mu­nity.”

El­len­brook Arts ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Carol Har­ris said that the com­mit­tee worked hard to sup­port the lo­cal arts com­mu­nity.

“Our aim is to high­light the amaz­ing tal­ent that ex­ists within our re­gion and to in­crease the aware­ness of El­len­brook, the Swan Val­ley and the City of Swan as a cen­tre of artis­tic tal­ent,” she said.

“We in­vite ev­ery­one to come down to the gallery to view the works and to cast their vote in the Peo­ple’s Choice Award.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til Oc­to­ber 9 at The Gallery, 34 Main Street in El­len­brook.

Votes can be cast un­til the fi­nal day of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Cole­man Gil­lane of Bulls­brook with his son Eoin (4) at the Fa­ther's Day break­fast.

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