Artists of the Valley & Gorman's Art Gallery – Casterton

Group of Artists from Casterton, country Victoria, and further afield in Australia

A Successful 2015 Clarice Beckett Award

Collin Tenney's The three Roses 2015 Clarice Beckett award Winner

Collin Tenney’s The Three Roses 2015 Clarice Beckett award Winner

June’s Queen’s Birthday weekend provided a choice selection of art for the influx of more than 7,000 visitors to Casterton for the annual Kelpie Muster.  There was our own Clarice Beckett Art Award and exhibition, the Kelpie Muster’s 2015 Acquisitive Art Prize exhibition, and the new Gorman’s Art Gallery in Henty Street to wander through and enjoy.

The Annual Clarice Beckett Art Award

This year’s Clarice Beckett Award drew a total of more than 80 entries from near and far, all competing for the Overall First Prize, which consists of $500, a small trophy, and the winner’s name added to the perpetual trophy.  Also to be won were a First in each of the seven sections, as well as Highly Commended certificates for the runners-up in the sections.

This year's judge Rose Porter and Artists of the Valley President Glad Laslett at the opening and awards night of the Clarice Beckett Art Award 2015

This year’s judge Rose Porter and Artists of the Valley President Glad Laslett at the opening and awards night of the Clarice Beckett Art Award 2015

The 2015 First Prize Winner

Congratulations go to Sandford artist Collin Tenney for taking out the overall First Prize for his painting The Three Roses (seen above).  The painting, quite different from Collin’s usual style – eclectic as it is – drew many comments on the awards evening and during the exhibition over the weekend.

This year’s judge, Rose Porter, an art teacher at Bayview College in Portland, was impressed by the quality of work presented for this year’s award, and found it difficult to make final decisions.  Of Collin Tenney’s winning entry, Ms Porter said, “I truly consider this to be a ‘Master’ work. The subject matter is so intriguing and shows a true understanding of the complex nature of painting and technique.”

The winning work was originally done for the 2015 John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive art prize and is an interpretation representing three women described in one of Neilson’s poems as ‘three roses’.


Julie Kent Fallen Leaves and Beth Dwyer Sunburnt County

Julie Kent’s watercolour Fallen Leaves in Birdbath (Left) and Beth Dwyer’s I Love My Sunburnt Country in acrylics both achieved Firsts in their respective sections.

First in Sections

Congratulations go to all place-getters in this year’s Awards.  After several hours’ deliberation and much consideration, the following First in Section awards were decided and duly presented.

YOUTH: ‘Eagle’ by Kate Blackmore

3D: ‘Seahorse’ by Darryl Tresize

WATERCOLOUR: ‘Fallen Leaves in Birdbath’ by Julie Kent

MIXED MEDIA:  ‘Joseph’ by Collin Tenney

WORKS on PAPER:  ‘Red tails in Woolly Butts’ by Vida Pearson

OILS:  ‘Casterton in the Fog’ by Julie Kent

ACRYLIC: ‘I love a sunburst country’ by Beth Dwyer

Highly Commended

YOUTH: ‘Black Rock Shooter’ b y Arianne Morgan-Hayes

3D: ‘Apricot Leaf jar’ by Peter Austin

WATERCOLOUR: ‘Baileys Rocks (1 0f 3)’ by Peter Clark

MIXED MEDIA: ‘Country Lane’ by Roslyn Millsteed

WORKS on PAPER: “Superb Blue Wren’ by Pam Thoday

OILS: ‘Heartland’ by Alan Moloney

ACRYLIC: ‘Kakadu Rocks’ by Jo Taylor

The People’s Choice Award went to Julie Kent for her watercolour ‘Fallen Leaves in Birdbath’, a work much admired by artists and visitors alike.

Jo Taylor, who's work Kakadu Rocks was Highly Commended enjoys the opening of the exhibition with her sister.

Jo Taylor, whose work Kakadu Rocks was Highly Commended, enjoying the opening of the Clarice Beckett Art Award exhibition with her sister.

A Successful Show

Over the weekend, a steady flow of visitors viewed the exhibition.  And, going by smiles, feedback, comments and discussions – not to mention sales of artwork – all who took time out from ‘dog-watching’ during the Kelpie Muster enjoyed the opportunity to appreciate quality art.

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