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Local winners reign in gallery’s latest exhibition

Susan Schmidt with her prizewinning artwork

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Local winners reign in gallery’s latest exhibition

Local and special at Caloundra Regional Gallery’s latest exhibition.

When it’s local it’s special and the latest exhibition at Caloundra Regional Gallery is no exception. An impressive selection of 40 artworks submitted by Sunshine Coast artists has been hung at the Caloundra Regional Gallery in the Local Artists – Local Content Art Prize exhibition, now on show until May 2.

In its seventh year, the prize is presented by the Friends Regional Gallery, Caloundra Inc. in partnership with the Caloundra Regional Gallery.

President of Friends Regional Gallery, Caloundra Inc Marilyn Holness says the 2021 exhibition showcases the talent of our homegrown artists and the huge range of views on what ‘local’ means.

Guest judge this year Sandra Conte, former director of Caloundra Regional Gallery (1997–2005) and now producer at eARTh e-mag, says the quality of applications from the 40 shortlisted finalists was outstanding.

“There is so much depth and breadth to the entries, spanning and reflecting the stunning geographical diversity and themes of the Sunshine Coast region,” Ms Conte says.

Ms Conte says of the Best of Show: “Susan Schmidt’s work was an open and veiled window to our local history and built environment – the beloved fibro shack, running along the coastline from Caloundra to Noosa edges into hinterland towns.

The People’s Choice Award, judged by public vote, is open until the end of the exhibition to give gallery visitors the chance to vote for their favourite artwork. The winning artist will be announced on May 2 and will receive $500, sponsored by Geoff Lyons Solicitors Pty Ltd.

The winners of the five judged categories are:

  • Best of Show: $5000 prize, sponsored by Mary Henzell Investments Pty Ltd
    Susan Schmidt (Noosa Heads) | True Blue | 2019 | acrylic and oil on canvas | 122 x 102 cm
  • Excellence Award: $2000 prize, sponsored by Mark and Judy McArdle

Julie Field (Eumundi) | The OTT – A Life Beyond the track | 2020 | ceramic sculpture on aged timber stand | 35 x 30 x 15 cm

  • Excellence Award: $2000 prize, sponsored by Mark and Judy McArdle
    Phillip Rolton (Noosa Heads) | First Point Noosa | 2020 | pen and wash | 33 x 50 cm
  • Excellence Award: $2000 prize, sponsored by Mark and Judy McArdle and Friends Regional Gallery Caloundra.
    Marvene Ash (Maleny) | Maleny Studio | 2020 | gouache, pen and ink wash | 100 x 80 cm
  • Best Three-Dimensional: $2000 prize, sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council
    Shannon Garson (Maleny) | Beauty and Terror | 2020 | porcelain glaze, underglaze, oxides, terra sigilata | 27 x 30 x 10 cm

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