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Golden Plains Art Exhibition

The opening night of this year's Art Exhibition was enjoyed by those present with fine wines and delicious food complimenting the viewing of over 200 art works on display.

The Mens Shed team assisted wih the setting up of the show again this year and many hours were spent by the BAD Arts members organising and setting up the exhibition.

Many thanks to the artists who made this exhibition such a success by entering their works, to the locals who took time to visit and enjoy the wide variety of works on show and the sponsors who make the exhibition possible by their financial support.

Our judge this year was Barry Wemyss who performed the most difficult task of choosing artworks that were worthy of an award. His comment was that they were all worthy of an award so something had to stand out to 'catch the eye' and draw attention.

Barry is well known and respected in the art community. He participates in the Golden Plains Arts trail, opening his studio at Smythes Creek where he lives. Barry is a member of Golden Plains Arts, President of the Ballarat Art Gallery, teaches workshops in bookmaking and exhibits Ceramics at the Ballarat Art Gallery. He is inspired by natural environments and conducts Art Residences in the Flinders Ranges and Sydney.

Below are the awards that he announced at the opening on Friday night:

Jenny Blake Trophy - Depiction of Golden Plains was 'Darcy' by Jenny Sweeny. Darcy is a Kelpie and tipifies the lifestyle on many of the sheep and cattle properties across the Golden Plains Shire.

Best Oil   sponsored by Bannockburn Newsagency was 'Solitude in Space' by Bill Bickley

Best Watercolour sponsored by Bannockburn Pharmacy - Health Save was 'Autumn Beauty' by Marie Perryman.

Best Pastel sponsored by Bannockburn Newsletter was 'Jada' by Jen Jones

Best Local Artist sponsored by Richard Austin was 'Moorabool Valley, Perdrisat Rd by Francis McMahon.

Best Mixed Medium sponsored by Bannockburn Clinic was 'Yellow Tails in Wattle' by Vida Pearson.

Student or Novice Award sponsored by Stockdale & Lego was 'Flapper' by Joanne Hughes

Aquisitive Award sponsored by ACA Funeral Supplies was 'Morning at the Bay' by Don Carlin

Best Sculpture sponsored by Bellarine Earthworks, 'Perpetual Motion' by Jacinta Leitch

Highly Commended Awards were presented to:

Jenny Sweeney for 'Winters Child' in pastel.

Sue Kirby for 'Sunset Dandelion'

Susan Cummings for 'Adelaide Zoo'

Christine Kempers for her untitled pastel work

The People's Choice Award was drawn on Sunday and was awarded to Jenny Sweeney for Winters Child.

The Raffle was also drawn on Sunday and was won by.Josie with ticket 297.

Winters Child by Jenny Sweeney

Adelaide Zoo by  Susan Cummings