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

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

Clarice Beckett Honoured in Style by Winners

Meagan Lonsdale's 'Orchids of the Wimmera' Winner Clarice Beckett Art Award 2017

Meagan Lonsdale’s ‘Orchids of the Wimmera’ Winner Clarice Beckett Art Award 2017

Last night was an extremely special time at Gorman’s Art Gallery in Casterton.  Not only was it the opening of the annual Clarice Beckett Art Award , but it also saw the first of Artists of the Valley’s Life Membership acknowledgements.  The new venue, the quality of work exhibited, and celebratory and convivial atmosphere ensured the evening was a resounding success.

Our much-loved Glad Laslett being presented with Life Membership to Artists of the Valley and Gorman's Art Gallery Life Member

Our much-loved long-serving member, and dear friend Glad Laslett presented with Life Membership to Artists of the Valley and Gorman’s Art Gallery.  With her name on a perpetual shield and bouquet are Collin Tenney and Beth Dwyer.

This year’s judge, ‘local’ artist and art curator Lucy Ingemann, was set a difficult task in choosing the section winners, and overall winner of the award.  It is always challenging for judges, with so many varied and excellent works presented, and this year was no exception.  We thank Lucy for her time, deliberation, and dedication in meeting the task.

Group president Collin Tenney and this year's judge, Lucy Ingemann

Group president Collin Tenney and this year’s judge, Lucy Ingemann

Unfortunately, Overall Winner Meagan Lonsdale had a previous commitment and could not attend the opening.  She was, however, notified of the great news.  Other prize winners were:

Best Oil – Dagny Strand – for ‘Vanishing Point’.

Dagny Strand's 'Vanishing Point' done in oil

Dagny Strand’s ‘Vanishing Point’ done in oil

Best Watercolour – Julie Kent – for ‘Cottage Olde World Garden’

Julie Kent's 'Cottage Olde World Garden'

Julie Kent’s ‘Cottage Olde World Garden’

Best Acrylic – Beth Dwyer – for ‘Out of the Darkness’.

Best Acrylic 'Out of the Darkness' by Beth Dwyer

Beth Dwyer’s ‘Out of the Darkness’

Best Works on Paper – Meagan Lonsdale – for ‘Orchids of the Wimmera’, which also won the Overall Clarice Beckett Award.  Only face-to-face with this painting can you truly appreciate the technique, skill and detail!  Beautiful.

'Orchids of the Wimmera' by Meagan Lonsdale

‘Orchids of the Wimmera’ by Meagan Lonsdale

Best 3D – Bruce Kennewell – for ‘Joe Blake’.  Bruce is a blacksmith and artisan doing some amazing work with old tools, at his forge in Penola, South Australia.

Bruce Kennewell's winning 3D entry 'Joe Blake'

Bruce Kennewell’s winning 3D entry ‘Joe Blake’

It was wonderful to see a couple of young artists enter this year’s ‘Clarice.  It is hoped there will be more from the Under 18s next year.

Youth – Indiana Walker for – ‘Wise Old Owl’.

Indiana Walker's winning Wise Old Owl

Indiana Walker’s winning ‘Wise Old Owl’

Congratulations to all the winners!

A heartfelt thank you goes to the many people who make this event happen each year – 2017 is the sixth year of the Clarice Beckett Art Award.  Much goes on behind the scenes, in the lead up and during the event.  And, afterwards is the clean-up and getting Gorman’s Art Gallery back to ‘normal’ with a fresh exhibition of work by gallery members.

Special thanks to Peter Gorman, of Gorman’s Real Estate, without whom we would not have a gallery or venue for ‘The Clarice’.  Neither would we have had a piano to enjoy some woderful music played by he and Robyn Rhodes.  Robyn can always be depended upon for musical entertainment on what is a special night for the group.

Robyn Rhodes and Peter Gorman at the piano delighting attendees

Robyn Rhodes and Peter Gorman at the piano delighting attendees.

Thank you to Koonara Wines from Penola, South Australia, for coming along and allowing our guests to sample some delicious tipples.

Sampling wine provided by Koonara Wines

Sampling wine provided by Koonara Wines

All in all it was a wonderful evening for everyone involved, and our lovely guests.  We hope to see you all again at next year’s opening.  The exhibition continues over the weekend 10th and 11th of June and can be viewed from 9.30 a.m. till 4 p.m.




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