Whitsunday artists clean up at Burdekin show
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.