Art that shines on still­ness of life

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

WHEN life is still you can bet some­one will cap­ture it on can­vas.

The Eutick Me­mo­rial Still Life Award show­cases and cel­e­brates still-life works.

On dis­play at Coffs Har­bour Re­gional Gallery, 10 Years of EMSLA is a ret­ro­spec­tive of the Eutick Me­mo­rial Still Life Award that in­cludes a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion of all the win­ning art­works from the past decade.

“The EMSLA is one of Aus­tralia’s top art prizes and we’re very proud that Dr Mal Eutick chose the city gallery as its home back in 2007,” Coffs Har­bour Mayor Denise Knight said.

“It has pro­vided Coffs Har­bour Re­gional Gallery with a unique op­por­tu­nity and goal – to ac­quire the best still-life paint­ings in Aus­tralia, from the colo­nial era on­wards.

“This is the very first time that all the win­ning art­works have been ex­hib­ited to­gether so it’s a unique oc­ca­sion.”

The first EMSLA win­ner, Sam Leach, said, “Win­ning it paid for months of ded­i­cated stu­dio prac­tice and al­lowed me to de­velop and ex­tend the scope of my work.

“Win­ning the prize helped to es­tab­lish my rep­u­ta­tion as an artist and led to sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties in cu­rated shows at re­gional and state art in­sti­tu­tions.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion is open and will run at Coffs Har­bour Re­gional Gallery un­til April 22.

PHOTO: RAY­MOND MATHER

EX­HIBIT: 2016 win­ner Ker­rie Johns with her work Flow­ers in a Win­dow.

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