On Saturday 30 December, CABBI Members along with family and friends turned out to the 33rd Annual Art Exhibition at Batemans Bay High School.
With over 200 paintings and 15 sculptures entered into the show, Judges Don Talintrye and John Rice had their work cut out for them.
The GJ Gardner Award of Excellence went to Ken Taber for his acrylic painting titled “Storm at Sea”.
Above: Ken Taber with his painting “Storm at Sea” which won the GJ Gardner Award For Excellence.
The judges wrote “This painting has great atmosphere and high drama. Elements of sky and sea brilliantly handled. Positioning of ship accentuates scale and danger. A worthy winner.”
The painting depicts a ketch under bare poles heading home in a storm. Ken Taber said “I am very humbled to win this award and would like to thank GJ Gardner Homes for their sponsorship. Also the CABBI team who worked tirelessly to pull the exhibition together.”
Other major winners were Sculpture: Pascale Hattwell and Carmel Cox, Acrylic: Jane Ihara and Adrienne Conway, Drawing: Lynne Freeman and Eric Strachan, Mixed Media: Adrienne Conway and Portia Dunn, Oil: Dave Ramsland and Wilma Southan, Pastel: Grace Palag and Margaret Allen, Watercolour: Sheryl Miller and Adrienne Conway, Watermedia: Dorothy Savvas and Debra Smith.
Mischi West, the founding member of EFTAG, was the judge for both Craft and Textile Art. First Place in Textile Art went to Karen Boulden, with Second Place to Sue Barford. Janet Kininmonth picked up First Place in Craft with Stuart Baron receiving Second Place.
Exhibition Convenor Adrienne Conway said “This exhibition is by far the best we have seen in regard to craftsmanship. The exhibitors have certainly raised the bar this year not only in their artistic abilities, but in the varied selection of works.”
The CABBI Exhibition remains open daily from 10am to 4pm for two weeks. It closes at 12 noon on Sunday January 14.