Arts / Paintings pay tribute to Canberra’s heritage

Annette Rennie’s winning work ‘Scrivener Dam’.

AS the leaves turn, it’s time for the annual Artists Society of Canberra and the ACT Catchment Group’s art competition, which opened in the Fitters’ Workshop on Friday (April 13) by Minister for the Environment and Heritage Mick Gentleman.

Artist Society of Canberra president Alan Jones said the event, which is supported by an ACT heritage grant, is registered as a Canberra region Heritage Festival event and pays tribute to the fact that the ACT region is rich in both natural and cultural healing heritage planning over 20,000 years, a fact alluded to by Ngunnawal elder Wally Bell in his lively welcome to country.

It represents a unique collaboration between artists and environmentalists in the region and is accompanied by an exhibition of photographs showing active restoration of the land by local people.

‘Descended from the Sky’ by Zhanna Stevens.

This year the independent judge for the competition was well-known pastel artist Amanda McLean and her selections for the major prizes are as follows.

“Best-in-Show”, the Icon Water Prize of $2000, went to Annette Rennie for her oil painting, “Scrivener Dam”, which McLean said had “great impact for a small work beautiful and confident handling medium, great sense of scale”.

The Molonglo Catchment Group Art Prize of $500 went to Zhanna Stevens for her pastel “Descended from the Sky”, described by McLean as showing “expressive handling of medium, great atmospheric effects”. McLean told those present that she liked the Idea of soldiers/people as our heritage, which is the theme of the competition.

Michaela Laurie’s miniature, ‘The Gate to Mugga-Mugga’.

The Southern ACT Catchment Group Art Prize of $300 went to Michaela Laurie for her miniature, “The Gate to Mugga-Mugga”. “Just [a] little gem. An intimate view of a larger subject,” McLean said.

Rebecca Acharya’s “Mugga-Mugga Cottage”.

The Ginninderra Catchment Group Art Prize of $200 went to Rebecca Acharya for “Mugga-Mugga Cottage”, praised for its “great atmosphere and viewpoint”.

Artists Society of Canberra and ACT Catchment Group’s art competition and exhibition, in the Fitters’ Workshop, Kingston foreshore, 10am–5pm, until April 21.


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