May­day call on ‘Bald Archy’

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS - BY WENDY STEPHENS

BEECH­WORTH’S May­day Hills Art So­ci­ety mem­bers and friends made an ex­cur­sion to the ‘Bald Archy Prize’ ex­hi­bi­tion in Corowa last week.

The show did not dis­ap­point with so­ci­ety par­tic­i­pants thor­oughly en­joy­ing the hu­mour, wit and ir­rev­er­ence of the art works.

The tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion was cre­ated in 1994 as a spoof of the Archibald Prize – the coun­try’s lead­ing com­pe­ti­tion for por­trai­ture – and has pro­vided artists of all styles and stan­dards with a gen­uine op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate por­traits of hu­mour, dark satire, light com­edy or car­i­ca­ture.

This year’s win­ner of the $10,000 ‘Bald’ prize was a car­i­ca­ture of Aus­tralian crick­eter David Warner by James Brennan, ti­tled ‘Pocket Rocket’.

Win­ning sub­jects in other years have in­cluded Kerry Packer, Amanda Van­stone, Ed­mund Capon, Shane Warne, Dame Edna Ever­age, John Howard and Pauline Hanson, Rob­bie and Gai Water­house, Ru­pert Mur­doch, Jeff Ken­nett, Car­di­nal Ge­orge Pell, Tony Ab­bott, and Ian Thorpe.

The ex­cur­sion group later went to Pick­led Sis­ters café at Wah­gun­yah’s Cofield win­ery.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is open daily 10am-4pm at Corowa Art Space, Civic Cen­tre, 100 Ed­wards Street. For in­for­ma­tion call 02 6033 8964.

VIS­UAL: Merv McDou­gal, Jenny Wal­dren and Barb Low­ery also made the ex­cur­sion.

IN­SIGHT: Tina Fraser and Kyli Vasey en­joyed the hu­mour of the ‘Bald Archy’ works.

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