Group of Artists from Casterton, country Victoria, and further afield in Australia
The Clarice Beckett Award for 2013 was won by local artist, and member of Artists of the Valley, Collin Tenney for his acrylic painting titled ‘A life on Canvas’. The painting depicts well-known artist Margaret Olley in her work room. When announcing this year’s winner, judge Pam McIntyre, gave high praise to Collin for his tonal work. Clarice Beckett, in whose honour the annual Award is offered, was very much a tonal painter, and this aspect was one of the criteria deemed important by Ms McIntyre during the judging of the seventy-three entries.
To win any award is an achievement for an artist, and validation of the work that goes into that piece of art. Collin said, “I keep pushing myself to improve my work. So it was fantastic to win this award judged by Pam, someone I admire and respect.” Four Highly Commended prizes were awarded to works by Susan Sambell of Warrnambool, Russell Swann from Mount Gambier, Julie Kent of Casterton and Jenn White of Sandford.
Despite the cool and damp weather over the June long weekend, there was a steady flow of visitors to the exhibition. Sales were up on previous years, which is a testament to both the quality of the work entries for the Award, and the fact that although times are tough for many art is still appreciated.