Winners of the Land of Many Waters exhibition – a new group art show convened by River of Art for the 2018 festival – have been decided by popular vote.
The exhibition was on display at River of Art festival hubs located at the Eurobodalla Botanic Garden at Batemans Bay, the Air Raid Tavern in Moruya, and Club Narooma.
In Batemans Bay, accomplished Long Beach artist Adrienne Conway won for her large acrylic painting Storm Surge.
Pete Gallagher’s intricately painted didgeridoo Rhythm of the Mountains was declared the most popular artwork in on show in Moruya.
And in Narooma, Russell (Whacker) Gotsalks walked away with the most votes for his stunning photograph on canvas, Foam Dancing at Australia Rock.
Exhibition Coordinator Bernie O’Neil said “Winners were each awarded a $100 voucher for art and craft supplies, courtesy of River of Art’s generous sponsor, Amanda’s of Mogo.
Above: Amanda at Mogo - a proud sponsor.
“The exhibition paid tribute to the meaning of Eurobodalla, which is derived from an Aboriginal, Yuin Nation word.
“The idea was to provide artists with an opportunity to reflect what our landscape means to them, interpreting that brief using different media and techniques.
“We especially wanted to encourage new and upcoming artists to put their works on display and offer them for sale – in some cases for the first time.
“River of Art was delighted to receive nearly 50 entries – all of which were placed on show around our three festival hubs, another innovation for our 2018 program.
“Festival visitors eagerly took up the invitation to cast their vote for Peoples’ Choice awards” said Bernie.
While the Land of Many Waters exhibition has now closed, there’s still time to see all 56 artworks submitted to the River of Art 2018 Art Prize exhibition in Narooma.
Finalists’ works are on show at the SoART Gallery. Other artworks submitted are on display in a Salon de Refusés at the Narooma School of Arts’ Studios. Both exhibitions are open daily until 2 June.
Check the website www.riverofart.com.au for times and directions.