Awards salute local creatives

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Boyup Brook Community Resource Centre manager Jodi Nield and Christine Latham, who won a number of prizes on the night.
Camera IconBoyup Brook Community Resource Centre manager Jodi Nield and Christine Latham, who won a number of prizes on the night. Credit: Supplied/Boyup Brook Community Resource Centre

The Boyup Brook Art Awards held its opening night last Wednesday, attracting a crowd of 100 people for the 11th exhibition.

More than 200 pieces were submitted and awards were presented in eight categories, with the winners being decided by Sharon Tassicker, former exhibitions manager at the Holmes a Court Gallery.

“I was really, really happy to see that the majority of the artists who entered the exhibition were all South West artists, so they were from all around the area,” she said.

The overall open prize was taken out by Vanessa Wardle for her piece No. 1.

Works on Canvas/Board was won by Caves House Open Area and Dee Credaro, with John Garde taking out second prize with his painting Hay Bales.

Kellee Merritt won the Works on Paper prize for her piece Bling, with Kyle Meredith winning second spot for Reality Checkpoint II.

First place for the Mixed Media award was presented to Under the Stage by Dallas Pegrum, while Chris Bleechmore won second for Circles.

Lee Nash swept the Textiles Award category, taking first and second place for her pieces Tangle of Blue and Wrapped in Vincent.

The 3D sculpture section was won by Dillon Monteiro for Bull, while Christine Latham took second place for On Country.

Mr Monteiro and Ms Latham finished the night as multiple award winners, with Mr Monteiro picking up the Young Artist Award for his 3D sculpture Tractor, and Ms Latham winning the Indigenous Award for On Country.

The people’s choice award will be presented at the end of the exhibition and will be determined by popular vote. The packers prize will be determined by a vote from the volunteers who assisted in setting up the exhibition.

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