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Snapshots of the Major CABBI winners


At the current CABBI 32nd Art Exhibition, there have been many winners across the categories. It’s always interesting to know the background of the winning entry and a bit about the artist. Indira Carmichael – First in Drawing

Indi Carmichael was just delighted to take out both First Place and Highly Commended in the Drawing section of the art show. Having only just recently joined Creative Arts Batemans Bay, she entered several exquisite drawings.

Her winning entry titled “Golden Mirror Carousel” was the result of visiting the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) with her family. In the foyer of the gallery was carousal with gold mirrors and swings on it. While her two children were on the swings, Indi looked up into the reflected image and taking a photo, realised she had a wonderful image to work with once she got home.


Above: Indi Carmichael with her winning Drawing “Golden Mirror Carousel”

Show judge Judi Power Thomson said of Indi’s winning piece “A very challenging work with ropes, chains and swings mirrored in the centre. Lots happening but the viewer is immediately drawn to the centre of the work and the eyes of the central figure, all set within a triangle. A very competent piece keeping the subject figures darker than the reflections and side views. Excellent design, composition and drawing skills.


Above: Indi’s portrait of her mother titled “My Mother Forgets”

Indi also entered a very moving drawing of her mother, which was completed just prior to her mother passing away. It is titled “My Mother Forgets”. Indi said “It is about the absence of presence. At that stage my mother had advanced Alzheimer’s and it shows the deterioration of her presence.” Local artist Nick Hopkins of Malua Bay took out four awards; namely First and Second in Craft and Highly Commended and Commended in Sculpture.


Above: Nick Hopkins who took out four awards with his winning pieces Yarran Bowl and Camphor Laurel Vase

His beautifully crafted Yarran Bowl took the judges eye taking out First Place in Craft. Yarran is the Aboriginal name for Western NSW Wattle Acacia Omalophylla. The timber for this piece was donated to Nick by Bob Kolderie from an excursion to West Wyalong. It had holes and so many imperfections in it that it was destined for the burn pile. Nick turned the piece and then used a jigsaw to create the slits and finished it off with Shellowax using a method called friction polish as it is applied on a turning lathe. Judge Judi Power Thompson said of the winning piece “The artist handles wooden pieces so beautifully. They are balanced and have a harmonious symmetry. His first prize Yarran Bowl has a perfect amount of abstraction in following the natural piece. He asks you to touch and feel it – very masterful.”


Above: Nick with his “Stingray” made from spotted gum, another winner of the show.

The Creative Arts Batemans Bay 32nd Annual Art and Craft Exhibition 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.

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