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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Storm Burst takes out top award


Above: Adrienne Conway with her Best in show Painting Storm Burst

Sweltering temperatures and a thunderous storm could not keep the crowds away from the Official Opening of CABBI’s 32nd Annual Art and Craft Exhibition on Friday evening at the Batemans Bay High School.

Indira Carmichael, Art and Cultural Co-ordinator for Eurobodalla Council, officially opened the show and her heart felt speech epitomised what it is to be an artist.

More than 400 people admired the eclectic mix of sculpture, craft and paintings as the Seaside Ukele Orchestra entertained the crowd. In attendance was Andrew Constance, Minister for Transport, Ann Sudmalis, Federal Member for Gilmore, and Linda Heald, Manager of Library Services for Eurobodalla Council.

MC for the evening was President of CABBI and Exhibition Convenor Adrienne Conway who said in her speech, “This year I have seen the standard of work rise to that of excellence.”

First place winners in the categories included Nick Hopkins for Craft, Carmel Cox for Sculpture, Portia Dunn for Abstract, Ken Taber for Acrylic, Indira Carmichael for Drawing, Carmel Cox for Mixed Media, John Sharman for Oil, Joanne Barby for Pastel, Audrey Warren for Watercolour, and Kevin Ward for Watermedia.

At the conclusion of the award ceremony, the major winner was announced. Sponsored by GJ Gardner Homes, the Award of Excellence, worth $1,500 went to Adrienne Conway. Her painting aptly named “Storm Burst” was announced just as the heavens opened up and Batemans Bay was pounded by a violent storm. She said of winning “I am absolutely thrilled and quite taken by surprise at winning this award, given the high standard of work by members.”

The Creative Arts Batemans Bay 32nd Annual Art and Craft Exhibition will remain open daily from 10am to 4pm until Sunday 15 January at the Batemans Bay High School, George Bass Drive, Batehaven. Cost of entry: Gold coin donation.

Above: Sheryl Miller with her watercolour

Above: Tracey & Fraser Patterson

Above: Lin Barnes with her painting

Above: Adrienne Conway & Robyn Minihan

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