Art ex­hi­bi­tion opens up to pho­tos, sculp­tures

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Karen Hunt

SCULP­TURES and pho­to­graphs have been in­cluded in a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion which opened on Fri­day in Bridgetown.

En­ti­tled Peo­ple and Places, the ex­hi­bi­tion com­prises 67 pieces and is an ex­panded ver­sion of the town’s an­nual show of por­trait and land­scape paint­ings.

Noon­gar woman San­dra Hill gave a Wel­come to Coun­try to open the ex­hi­bi­tion, which marks the town’s sesqui­cen­te­nary, and this year is be­ing held across two Hamp­ton Street venues.

Pot­tery Restau­rant owner Pip Mills wel­comed the move to ex­hibit work in both her venue and the Rab­bit Hole next door, and to in­clude sculp­tures and pho­tos.

“Peo­ple and Places has been around for a long time as we know, but tonight it’s great to see it ex­pand­ing into sculp­ture and pho­tog­ra­phy,” she said.

“We’ve been push­ing for this for a long time. So bring it on, this is the new be­gin­ning.”

Judg­ing the show were Bun­bury Re­gional Art Gal­leries cu­ra­tor Caro­line Lunel and hus­band and wife art his­to­ri­ans Jan and Carl Alt­mann.

In an en­ter­tain­ing ad­dress, Mr Alt­mann said it was pleas­ing to see a big turnout at the event and en­cour­aged artists, in­clud­ing the young, to con­tinue pro­duc­ing work and lo­cals to sup­port artists by buy­ing their work.

“These works were quirky, they were in­no­va­tive, full of colour, which we ap­pre­ci­ate, there were ones with hu­mour – that’s a big plus – there were ones that chal­lenge you,” he said.

“There were also ones that ev­ery time you look at them, you will see some­thing dif­fer­ent.”

Amelia Ja­jko was awarded the por­trait prize for her work “Emily Rae” while Nic Fabiszak won the land­scape prize for “Hamp­ton Street – 150 years on”.

Two land­scapes were highly com­mended – John Garde’s “Black­wood Light” and Colleen Cur­rey’s “Eco Bush”. Ge­orge Ste­wart won the pho­tog­ra­phy prize for “Leon” and Den­nis Wilson re­ceived the sculp­ture prize for “The Fruit Tree”.

Lily Brown won the youth sec­tion prize for her por­trait of Ruby Steven­son and Ella Scov­ell won the pho­tog­ra­phy prize for “Never Leaf a Kid Be­hind”.

Pic­ture: Karen Hunt

Works by Amelia Ja­jko, Ge­orge Ste­wart, Colleen Cur­rey, Den­nis Wilson, Nic Fabiszak and Lily Brown were highly rated in the Peo­ple and Places ex­hi­bi­tion which opened on Fri­day in Bridgetown.

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