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

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

More than just Dogs at this Year’s ‘Kelpie’ Art Show

 

Alannah Wood's 'Portrait of a Man' done in pastel

Alannah Wood’s ‘Portrait of a Man’ done in pastel

It was a new format for the annual ‘Kelpie Art Show’, this year.  The organisation of the show was taken over by the Casterton Rotary Club and they had added several new categories.  It opened up possibilities for many artists who enter annually, and for newcomers.  Some of our members entered the ‘Kelpie’ category as well as others.  While some decided to have a rest from doggy pictures.

Julie Kent with her entry 'Historic Sandford'

Julie Kent with her entry ‘Historic Sandford’

Julie Kent's portrait entry titled 'J.P. Kent'

Julie Kent’s portrait entry titled ‘J.P. Kent’

Congratulations to Molly Galpin for her painting of her ‘old home town’ Casterton winning Best Rural Landscape.

Molly Galpin's winning entry in the Rural Landscape Category

Molly Galpin’s winning entry in the Rural Landscape Category

Collin Tenney and his Kelpie entry 'Turner' (sold)

Collin Tenney and his Kelpie entry ‘Turner’ (sold)

This year’s art show at the Casterton Town Hall offered a broad range of artwork, in all styles, mediums, and subject matter.  It was a joy to wander and linger, appreciating the gathering of talent and skill.  The featured artist this year was Ron Penrose, with a selection of his amazing portraits done with palette knife. It’s a medium tried by many but mastered by few and great inspiration for those of us entering the portrait category.

Jenn White with her linocut portrait 'Spirit'

Jenn White with her linocut portrait ‘Spirit’

There were several highlights of the show, with highly commended mentions and category wins going to our members Molly Galpin, Dagny Strand, and Julie Kent.  Our photographer attended sans camera, so what few photos  there are lack quality. Apologies for that!

The thrill of the evening for our group was seeing one of our own, Collin Tenney, take out the ‘Best Portrait’ category with his wonderful rendition of Aussie artist and icon, Margaret Olley.  Congratulations, Collin! (The photo certainly doesn’t do the painting, or the men justice…)

Collin Tenney accepts his Award for Best Portrait from Roger Dalby of the Casterton Rotary Club

Collin Tenney accepts his Award for Best Portrait from Roger Dalby of the Casterton Rotary Club

 

 

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