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