Whit­sun­day artists clean up at Bur­dekin show

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY artists en­joyed a suc­cess­ful stint at the Bur­dekin Art So­ci­ety Show, which wrapped up on Satur­day, Septem­ber 7, with 251 en­tries across 11 cat­e­gories.

In the adult cat­e­gories, Cannonvale-based artist Suzi Han­cock won sec­ond prize in the open sec­tion for her char­coal draw­ing ’Wet’ and Strathdickie artist Jennifer Beau­mont won first prize in the wa­ter­colour sec­tion for her paint­ing ‘Re­flect­ing Bam­boo’.

Ms Han­cock said this was her 65th award in five years but more pleas­ing to her than her per­sonal suc­cess was the fact that two of her art stu­dents also walked away with first and sec­ond prizes in their re­spec­tive age cat­e­gories.

James Heit­man, 14, won first prize for his char­coal draw­ing ‘Fur’ and sec­ond prize for his pen­cil draw­ing ‘Bloated’, in the 12-14 year-old ju­nior sec­tion.

Tia Keam, 11, won first prize for her char­coal draw­ing ‘Ballet Shoes’ and sec­ond prize for her an­i­mal por­trait of a snow leopard, in the 9-11 year-old ju­nior sec­tion.

Ms Han­cock said she was “su­per proud” of James and Tia and par­tic­u­larly that the ex­hi­bi­tion judge, Sue Ri­ley-Gee from Mackay Art Space, could barely be­lieve that James’ draw­ings were the work of a 14-year-old.

“I had tears in my eyes when I found out they’d won,” Ms Han­cock said.

“They’ve both de­vel­oped a lot from the be­gin­ning of their first lessons to now – but I push them a lot,” she said.

James said he was ex­tremely ex­cited about win­ning the ex­hi­bi­tion and he thanked Ms Han­cock for her help.

“She’s amaz­ing. She treats me like one of her own chil­dren and just helps me with ev­ery­thing,” he said. Tia agreed. “She’s an in­spi­ra­tion,” she said. Ms Han­cock runs art classes from her new stu­dio ‘Smart Arts’ at the Cannonvale Mar­kets and she now has100 stu­dents. For more in­for­ma­tion or to book a class, phone 4946 6705.

SMART ARTISTS: Whit­sun­day artist and teacher Suzi Han­cock (cen­tre) with stu­dents James Heit­man (left) and Tia Keam (right), hold­ing their win­ning art­works from the Bur­dekin Art So­ci­ety Show.

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