Red Soil Riches un­earths art and culi­nary de­lights

Narrogin Observer - - Observer News - Laura Gru­bisa

Kon­dinin is this year com­bin­ing its an­nual art prize with its com­mu­nity gar­den twi­light mar­kets as part of the in­au­gu­ral Red Soil Riches Week­end in Oc­to­ber.

The Kon­dinin art prize is now in its 11th year and at­tracts a high cal­i­bre of work across medi­ums in­clud­ing vis­ual art and metal sculp­ture.

The event is funded by lo­cal busi­ness spon­sor­ship and the Shire of Kon­dinin, which pro­vides $5000 for the ac­qui­si­tion prize each year.

The metal sculp­ture cat­e­gory is one of the most pop­u­lar cat­e­gories for the peo­ple’s choice award, and in an ef­fort to en­cour­age more lo­cal en­tries, ac­claimed artist and sculp­tor Len Zuks ran a week-long welding and sculp- ture work­shop at Kon­dinin Men’s Shed ear­lier this year.

“In a frac­tion of a morn­ing, the girls learnt to weld and then build up the con­fi­dence to make sculp­tures — this should not hap­pen so quickly,” he said.

En­tries for the art prize close on Septem­ber 27.

The twi­light mar­kets will be held at Kon­dinin Com­mu­nity Gar­den with spe­cial guest chefs Anna Gare and So­phie Budd, who will be hold­ing cook­ing demon­stra­tions us­ing lo­cal pro­duce.

There will be a va­ri­ety of stalls, food, beer and wine for sales, ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren and live mu­sic.

The Red Soil Riches Week­end will take place from Oc­to­ber 6-8.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.kon­dinin.wa.gov.au.

Troy Young, of Kuk­erin, with a ten­nis player metal sculp­ture piece. En­tries for the Kon­dinin an­nual art prize close on Septem­ber 27.

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