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Clarence artists out in force

MORE than 200 paintings, photography, drawings and print works are on display at the Rosny Farm Arts Centre this month, with the return of the ever-popular Clarence Open Art Exhibition.

The vibrant and diverse biennial community art exhibition provides a valuable opportunity for Tasmanian artists at every skill level to participate in a professional showcase, and gives the wider community an opportunity to discover and enjoy local artists.

Prize winners in each category were announced at the exhibition’s official opening on 3 July including local artist John Robinson, who won the Printmaking category ($500) with his colour reduction lino cut print ‘Red Ochre 1’.

Mr Robinson only decided at the last minute to enter ‘Red Ochre 1’, which the judges described as a “technically accomplished” piece.

The Overall winner ($800) was ‘Draft Interior’ by Philip James Mylecharane, which judges hailed as “a dynamic composition breaking away from traditional forms of painting”.

Rachel Harris won the Drawing category ($500) for a “tender and highly considered rendition” of a black currawong; the “considered, elegant” acrylic work ‘Crossing Point’ by Judith Griffits took out the Painting section; and the Photography/Digital Imaging prize ($500) went to the “bold, playful” photo ‘No Room for Manoeuvre’ by Helene Czerny.

The special Hanger’s Prize ($200) was won by Sally Glover for her oil painting of Rosny Point; and the Mayor’s Prize ($300) went to Susan Stuart for her drawing ‘Globe Artichoke’.

“The extraordinary depth of talent and sheer volume of works on display this year really demonstrates the creativity that is hidden in our community,” Clarence Acting Mayor Heather Chong said.

“This prize is a great example of council’s commitment to providing cultural programs for the whole community to participate in and enjoy.”

The Clarence Open Art Exhibition continues at the Rosny Farm Arts Centre until 24 July, open from 11am to 5pm Wednesday – Sunday.