Art Judge Michael Goff had a hard time picking just four winners for the annual Corowa Federation Art Exhibition which had just shy of 400 entries.
The 19th annual show kicked off on Friday night with an official opening by Federation Councillor Paul Miegel.
The crowd enjoyed refreshments while browsing all the fine art work on display at Corowa’s Memorial Hall.
Corowa Federation Art Show Secretary Marj Saines said the opening attracted a fantastic gathering of locals and visitors.
“It was a great night and we encourage those who couldn’t come along to come down and have a look when they get a chance,” she said.
The exhibition will remain open daily between now and January 28, from 10am to 4pm – admission $5.
Children under 16 free.
The response this year was up to expectation with 94 local and intersate artists submitting about 400 works, which is up on last year.
Section one for oil/acrylic was won by Gregory Smith for his work titled Gown of Gold.
Corowa Federation Art Show committee member Mauread Conroy said the painting had quite a simple concept but was very effective, with lots of detail that made you want to look at it up close.
The section two winner for work on paper was won by Barbara Beasley Southgate for her work titled Quietly Grazing, Mansfield.
Corowa Federation Art Show volunteer Paula Rich made the comment that it was a lovely landscape with the scraggy old gum tree and grass, with Mauread adding that it looked like you could just walk right into the picture.
Section three was miniature or small painting and was won by Ern Trembath for the work, which was a pair, titled A Touch of Light.
Section four was abstract and was won by Geoff Paynter for the work titled Tooborac Shapes.
This year an additional award was made – the Corowa Federation Art Excellence Medal for the best overall work in the four categories, which was won by Gregory Smith for his work titled Gown of Gold.
This will become a very prestigious award over the years.
Many favourable comments were made by the judge who said the standard was high and difficult to judge.
Organisers decided, owing to the large entry of photography last year, to separate the art from the photography and have an additional event for the photographers to be held at the Art Space at the Civic Centre in March.
This event will run from opening night on March 9 until March 18.
Entry forms for the photographic competition will be on hand at the forthcomming Art Show.