Scone Art Prize 2018: buzz and excitement as $11,000 prize pool awarded at launch night

THE buzz and excitement of art enthusiasts eagerly awaiting a big announcement filled the Scone Arts and Crafts Centre on Friday night.

Wine and canapés flowed as the successful list of artists were revealed, claiming their share of an $11,000 prize pool at the launch of the 54th Scone Art Prize.

‘Escaping the Congestion’ was named winner of the $5000 Bobby Paradice Prize, a series of three oil paintings depicting a flowing creek and picturesque country landscape by Eugenia Dunlevie. 

Murrurundi judge Peter Carlin said as a person who has escaped Sydney himself, he related closely to the three panels which were “well worth the prize”. 

“Look at the use of texture in the paint, look at the balance, look at the colour and look at the serenity of getting away from the congestion this painting is creating,” he commented.

He said the diverse amount of art in the Open Section made it particularly difficult to judge however of his two highly commended choices, he complemented the marvellous use of light. 

“What I love about this painting in particular is the way she has used light, that soft yellow going across there has given us great depth into this painting, it really captures the Australian landscape beautifully,” he said pointing to Julie Simmons’ piece ‘Bushland’.

A contrasting work but equally as clever was Peter Carlin’s second highly commended choice in the Open Section, ‘Storm at Sea’ by Colina Grant. 

“A dark, foreboding painting but it’s full of so much light,” Carlin commented.

The winner of the $2500 Frans Kernker Memorial Prize, Scone artist Teresa Byrne, was commended for the excellent pencil work utilised in her drawing ‘Cockatoo’.

The prize was established by former Scone resident Julle Bierling in honour of his late partner.

A smart cockatoo raises its crest feathers in the intricate piece. 

“Overall, I think it’s excellent for Scone to do this,” Peter Carlin said of the 54th annual Scone Art Prize. 

“It allows the locals to come and see what happens, also.” 

The exhibition is open daily from Saturday September 8 to Saturday September 15 from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday September 16 from 10am to 1pm at the Scone Arts & Crafts Centre, 63 Kingdon Street, Scone. 

Cost is a gold coin donation. 

Full list of winners and highly commended 

Section 1 – Open – $5000 Bobby Paradice Prize 

Winner – Eugenia Dunlevie – “Escaping the Congestion”

Highly Commended –  Julie Simmons “Bushland”

Highly Commended – Colina Grant – “Storm at Sea”

Section 2 – Local – $2500 Frans Kernker Memorial Prize

Winner –  Teresa Byrne – “Cockatoo”

Section 3 – $500 Figurative and Portraiture

Winner –  Colina Grant – “Mark”

Highly Commended –  Colina Grant – “Trish & Ratu”

Section 4 – $500 Watercolour 

Winner – Noeline Millar – “River Crossing in Scone”

Highly Commended – Julie Simmons – “Beyond”

Section 5 – $500 Print & Drawing 

Winner – Fran Wachtel – “The Clearing”

Highly Commended –  Yvonne Longshaw – “Textures from the Bush”

Section 6 – $500 Miniature

Winner –  Susan Joyce – “From the Forest Floor”

Highly Commended –  Madeleine Szymanski – “All Individuals”

Highly Commended – Betty Lambley – “Over the Valley”

Section 7 – $500 Pastel 

Winner – Hilary Nicol –  “Out of Bounds”

Highly Commended –  Sandra Walker – “Barnyard Boss”

Section 8 – $500 Local

Winner – Margaret Reid – “Tranquil Vista”

Highly Commended –  Gail Southwell – “Sunset”

Highly Commended – Pammie McLeay – “Delicate Bloom”

Section 9 – $500 Sculpture/Ceramics

Winner – Paul Adams –  “Landscape Vase”

Highly Commended –  Erica Cross – “Dark Side”