The winner and finalists in the highly esteemed River of Art 2017 Art Prize exhibition were announced Monday night at the opening ceremony at the SoArt Gallery in Narooma.
Janet Jones, who was one of the three judges along with Ross Cameron and last year’s Art Prize winner Keedah Throssell, said that the standard of works this year had been exceptional, making the judging task extremely difficult.
Above: Art Prize Judge Janet Jones with Waterfall by Ken Taber
Mogo artist Ken Taber was awarded the River of Art 2017 Art Prize for his acrylic work ‘Waterfall’. Ken is a self-taught artist who paints in both acrylics and oils.
Ken’s Studio Gallery in Mogo is open this coming weekend 27 and 28 May as part of River of Art as is his beautiful and tranquil garden. Details for this and open studios are on the River of Art website - riverofart.com.au – under the program or What’s On.
Indira Carmichael was very highly commended for her pencil on paper creation (above) ‘Let me show you the man’. Judges also commended Natasha Kalenjuk and Catherine Speed for their respective works – ‘Eastern Spinebill’ (a watercolour) and ‘Little Red’ (acrylic on board).
Fifty works were submitted this year – 26 of which are on exhibit at the SoArt Gallery up until 30 May. The exhibition showcases artists from Ulladulla to the Victorian border.
Artworks this year are wonderfully varied in style and medium, ranging across oil and acrylic paintings, digital photography, collages, textiles, pastels and mosaics.
Above: Sponsors: Fraser and Tracey Paterson from Framed by Tracey