Smart Arts take out lo­cal show ex­hibit

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

SHOW Whi­tun­day fea­tured about 250 art­works on dis­play, with lo­cal art stu­dio Smart Arts tak­ing out 49 of the 50 awards in 14 dif­fer­ent cater­gories.

“I heard some fan­tas­tic feed­back about how the level of qual­ity in the art show now is the best it has ever been,” Smart Arts owner Suzi Han­cock-Jan­icki said.

“There are some se­ri­ously tal­ented artists here. The ju­niors sec­tions were the most im­pres­sive, the judge couldn’t be­lieve some of the teens art­works on dis­play.

“Its great to see new artists emerg­ing ev­ery year, it keeps us on our toes.”

In­de­pen­dent judge Pam Fin­lay called the com­pe­ti­tion one of the Show’s best yet.

A phe­nom­e­nal por­trait of Ste­vie Won­der by Bek Roberts re­ported on in last week’s Whit­sun­day Times took out first place in the “mu­sic” cat­e­gory, with Ms Roberts ul­ti­mately named Cham­pion of the Show.

Teen artist Lau­ren Teys took out first in the ju­nior theme cat­e­gory, placed first in the teens sec­tion and was crowned ju­nior Cham­pion of the Show. San­dra Hin­schen placed third in the con­tem­po­rary cat­e­gory.

Ms Han­cock-Jan­icki took out a first place her­self in the mi­na­tures cat­e­gory.

Ms Han­cock-Jan­icki has also re­ceived a let­ter of of­fer from Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil for a grant of $5000 to put to­wards a new An­nual Whit­sun­day Re­gional Art Show in Oc­to­ber.

“This is very ex­cit­ing news for us, I am hop­ing that by its sec­ond year it will be a big­ger show than other re­gional ex­hi­bi­tions like Sa­rina and Mackay,” Ms Han­cock-Jan­icki said. “We have such a beau­ti­ful town; I want to make a dif­fer­ence so let’s hope we can fill ho­tel rooms and restau­rants.”

BRIGHT FU­TURE: Lau­ren Teys is ju­nior cham­pion of the show.

ART CHAMPS: Bek Roberts and Deb Mur­phy.

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