2017 Mary Valley Art Festival Winners
A new artist from Bundaberg won the Drawing prize as well as the Novice category at the Mary Valley Art Festival in Imbil this year.
Jake Thompson impressed the judges – Nameer Davis and Brett A Jones, himself an acclaimed drawing expert – with the fluency of his execution in the artwork titled “Under Construction”. It won the $400 first prize in the Novice section.
The judges said the subject of the figure and machine was “quite compelling”.
They also applauded Mr Thompson’s good use of medium and restrained tone, leading to a “beautiful texture of light in the grey water” for his drawing titled “L’Ange De Mer”, which was awarded the $400 Twin Bunya Award for Drawing.
But everyone at the gala awards presentation on Thursday evening wanted to know who won the Bendigo Bank Open Award, boosted to $2500 as the bank celebrated four years of partnering with the regional festival.
That prize went to Vicki Bennett for “Makani”, a portrait created in the ethnographic style that used textured charcoal in a tightly shaped composition.
Acclaimed local artist Kym Barrett was highly commended for her Open entry “Meet Me On The Road”, which the judges praised as a “beautiful use of surface layering” to create an emotionally charged landscape. She shared the highly-commended title with Vanessa Allegra, who entered the artwork “Bleached”.
MC for the evening was radio and TV personality Jamie Dunn, who pulled an old friend – Agro – out of his bag for impromptu photo opportunities with winners and sponsors.
Gympie artist Penny Horne, a long-time entrant at the Imbil art show and a foundation member of the Curra Art Group, proved that she has dedicated herself to her work by collecting both the first and highly commended awards for the new G150 Heritage category, sponsored by the Mary Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The judges’ comments described both these works as showing “an intelligent and insightful interpretation of the subject – the everyday humdrum, all too familiar”.
2017 Open Award Winner
Bendigo Bank Open winner “Makani” by Vicki Bennet