People, places in art

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times
Artist Christine Latham stands with the piece she will be entering in this year’s People & Places art competition and exhibition.
Camera IconArtist Christine Latham stands with the piece she will be entering in this year’s People & Places art competition and exhibition. Credit: Holly Thompson

An accumulation of almost 100 sculptures, paintings and photographs will be on display in Bridgetown throughout August, as part of the People & Places art competition and exhibition.

The works will be displayed at The Rabbit Hole and Bridgetown Pottery Restaurant from Friday.

Bridgetown-Greenbushes shire community services administration officer Rebecca Redman said the event started out as two separate exhibitions.

“We used to have one for portrait pieces and one for landscape paintings but last year we joined the two together and expanded the exhibition to include photographs and sculptures for the first time as a marker of Bridgetown’s 150th anniversary celebrations,” she said.

“We have three judges from outside the region coming along to pick the winning pieces from each category, which is exciting because it means every artist from our region can enter the competition because we have not asked them to judge.”

There will also be a peoples choice award in each category, announced at the end of the exhibition to give people time to vote.

Mrs Redman said the event had grown by about 50 per cent from last year and there was now at least one youth entry in every category.

“There will be a huge variety of different styles of works and materials used and there is so much creativity involved,” she said.

“Each piece is like an insight into the minds of the artists and I love working with the artists and hearing the stories behind their works,” she said.

Artist Christine Latham, who won the best landscape painting in 2017, has entered again in this year’s competition and exhibition with a piece called Beyond Blue (Walking the White Dog).

She had been recovering from a difficult time in her life.

“I lost myself for a while and this artwork is about how I found myself again,” she said.

“Nature and creativity are what I rely on to get me through difficult times and this piece incorporates both.”

The exhibition will run from Friday July 26 until August 31.

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