SCULPTURE ON CLYDE - the Latest Awards What a success…. Many visitors to the Bay made a special trip to see the fabulous sculptures lining the foreshore of the bay over the past 10 days People from all over Australia came through the doors of the Francis Guy shop on Clyde street and cast their vote for the People's Choice Award. The people chose the outdoor sculpture, Drop to Earth by John Payne. Payne is a well known local artist from Congo. The indoor favourite is High Flyer by Amanda Harrison, a beautiful bronze celebrating a parent and child. The Sculpture on Clyde committee of 5 got to choose their own prize. The committee prize is like the Packing Room prize at the Archibald prize at the Art Gallery of NSW…personal favourites of the organisers who aren't sculptors! The fabulous Feather by Tobias Bennet was their winner, and it was such a draw card for the crowds having a day out on Fathers Day. Batemans Bay residents are wondering where the 2017 Aquisitive Prize winner, Duet will be installed as the “octopus “ Buouyansea is in the perfect place , where the Clyde River meets the Pacific Ocean.
Artist John Payne with the People's Choice winner, Drop to Earth
Congratulations to the organising team and all those behind the scene who imagined the Sculpture on Clyde and then bought it all together. In the wrap up of inaugural Sculpture on Clyde held n Sunday afternnon were the announcements of the people Choice prizes. The winner of the photographic competition went to Amanda-lee Freer (Instagrammer @_mandaee) for her sunrise photo (below).
John Payne's Drop to Earth has won the People's Choice award from approximately 2500 entries. John also came third with his Mad Hatters Tea Party. In second place was Musical Reeds by Shannon Hobbs
High Flyer was the winner of the People's Choice Award for the small sculptures by Amanda Harrison. In second place Lady Godiva by John Fitzmaurice and in third place Turtle Crossing by Mikaela Castledine from Western Australia.
Congratulations to Jones Kew who snapped up the popular artwork, Terrain Model of Island by Nick Hopkins. Nick is a Malua Bay artist who works in wood, and Jonas is a Year 7 student from Carroll College at Broulee.
Jonas had been saving his pocket money to buy something for himself, when he walked in to the exhibition space for Sculpture on Clyde, and in true collector style, spotted a quality art piece and bought it for himself.