Dampier Art Awards keep on growing
Dampier artists and art lovers made their way to the Community Hall last Friday night for the opening of the sixth annual Dampier Art Awards.
More than 80 works of art from emerging and professional City of Karratha artists were displayed at the exhibition run by the Dampier Community Association.
DCA vice-president Sharon Vertigan said the awards were bigger and better each year.
“As well as attracting some very experienced entrants, the Dampier Art Awards are a great jumping off point for artists who have never exhibited or sold their work before as we really do encourage and welcome all-comers,” she said.
“We have a very strong arts culture in this region as evidenced by the quality of entries we see year in, year out.”
Winners and highly commended artists were named in six categories including portrait, Pilbara landscape, abstract, 3-D/recycled art, the youth category for 14 to 18year-olds and the “Ancient Land and Changing Town” themed category.
Diane Campbell took out the themed award.
Tanya Montgomery, Amanda Saunders, Petrina Sladen and Shaun Wigley were also named winners.
Rachel Canning and Emmanuella Reid, both 16, were named joint winners of the youth award.
The awards were judged by Karratha-based artist Carrie McDowell.
McDowell’s work focuses on materiality and is made from materials sourced from the natural environment and surroundings.
She explores various mediums and genres and has worked with indigenous artists from Cheeditha and Ngurrawaana communities, helping them create artworks in mediums other than painting and bring in a sustainable income with their art.
After the formalities, artists, sponsors and community members celebrated the winners and farewelled the DCA’s community development officer Jan Virgo, who left her position at the association last week.
The Dampier Art Awards exhibition closed yesterday and had almost 300 people come through the door.
Exhibition visitors were able to vote for their favourite piece for the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced later this week.
Winners and those highly commended, with judge Carrie McDowell (fourth from left).
Toni Salmon and Carrie McDowell.
Aneesha D’Souza, Petrina Sladen, Tanya Montgomery and Paul Montgomery.
Shaun Wigley and John Lally.
Jen Louth, Suzanne Higgins and Laura Wood.
Amanda Saunders and Bill Palmer.
Owen Fisher and David Drechsler.