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Monday, 28 November 2016 14:37

Muswellbrook Local Art Awards 2016

The Muswellbrook Local Art Awards are an annual competition which offers local artists from Muswellbrook, Singleton, and Upper Hunter Shires the opportunity to show off the cream of their work from the past twelve months.

A total prize value of $6,000 is split over six disciplines. Each year a different guest adjudicator is invited to judge the entries received.

The Muswellbrook Local Art Awards has six prize categories:

• Viola Bromley Painting Prize - incorporating the Hunter Valley Printing Encouragement Prize

• Garry Philp Works on Paper - incorporating the Elks Enterprises Encouragement Prize

• Local 3D Prize - incorporating the Max Watters Encouragement Prize

• Local Photography Prize – incorporating the Hunter Valley Hydraulink Encouragement Prize

• Local Aboriginal Art Prize – incorporating the Berry & French Pharmacy Encouragement Prize

• Esther Bellis Youth Prize – incorporating the Framing Good Encouragement Prize

The Muswellbrook Local Art Awards 2016 attracted 169 entries. Artists and their friends and families from Muswellbrook, Singleton and the Upper Hunter, were present at 6.00pm Saturday 5 November 2016 to hear the decisions of adjudicator Pam Brown, Exhibitions and Collections Officer at Tamworth Regional Gallery. The winners for each of the six categories were as follows.

Viola Bromley Painting Prize

First Prize #43 Roberta Wiseman, Gundamulda (Rocky Outcrop)

Second Prize #27 Mitchell O’Mahoney, Double Dennis

Hunter Valley Printing Encouragement Prize #12 Charlotte Drake-Brockman, Toy Statement

Garry Philp Works on Paper Prize

First Prize #64 Naomi Norris, Jazzy

Second Prize #47 Teresa Byrne, Rooster

Elks Enterprises Encouragement Prize #68 Denee Pashen, Grandma’s Favourite

Local 3D Prize

First Prize #87 Lyneece Garland, Leather Carved Handbag

Second Prize #91 William Maguire, Contrary

Man Max Watters Encouragement Prize #97 Jonanne Van Hees, Crystal Angel

Local Photography Prize

First Prize #120 Naomi Norris, The 3 R’s

Second Prize #111 Jessica Dugan, Childs Play

Hunter Valley Hydraulink Encouragement Prize #118 John Hodges, Barkscape #2

Local Aboriginal Art Prize

First Prize #135 Ella Death, Jarjum

Second Prize #139 Michael Stair, Wayambas-Turtle

Berry & French Pharmacy Encouragement Prize #140 Jack Whitby, Legacy Esther Bellis

Youth Prize

First Prize #158 Luke Morris, Engulfed

Second Prize #144 Nicole Blackwell, Fish Framing

Good Encouragement Prize #159 William Partridge, Monkey Around

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Beautiful music and the perfect place…

The Caro String Quartet from Sydney weaved their magic at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre recently, capturing the attention of an audience from all around Upper Hunter Country. The Quartet are all members of the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra, including both the First and Second Violinists with that internationally acclaimed orchestra.

Atsuko Radcliffe, principal of the newly established Small Forest Winery at Denman arranged for the Quartet to present this rare performance in Muswellbrook. Whilst the music was of the highest classical calibre, both artists and audience enjoyed a relationship in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere with presentations of Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No.1 and Borodin’s Sring Quartet No.1.

It is interesting that this wonderful event was held at the Regional Arts Centre which was formerly the Muswellbrook School of Arts, constructed just 100 years ago last year for the express purpose of providing the community with a quality venue  to host such auspicious artistic occasions.  

The great news is that the group has promised to return to Muswellbrook in 2015.

For more information visit:
www.carostringquartet.com and www.smallforest.com.au

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