The Weston Art Show has made a successful return, with more than 270 works on display at Weston Civic Centre until Saturday, July 4.
The art show – which went into recess in 2014 after 50 consecutive years – opened at Weston Civic Centre on Tuesday night with a healthy crowd in attendance.
The Anglican Parish of Mount Vincent and Weston collaborated with Towns With Heart to organise this year’s show.
Assistant Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Peter Stuart, officially opened the show and commended the organisers and artists for their efforts.
“We are impoverished as communities when art is not celebrated,” he said.
Cessnock indigenous artist Les Elvin received the overall major prize for his work Platypus in June.
Mr. Elvin said he was very pleased to have won, after entering the art show many times in the past 17 years.
“My art work has grown and improved in that time, as I’ve come to know more about my people,” he said.
Cessnock City Council sponsored the $2000 major prize and also provided $1500 for the Regional Art Prize, which was won by Lovedale artist Michele Heibel for her work The Long Hot One.
The art show will be open 10am to 6pm Wednesday to Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday. Entry is $5 for adults; children are free.
2015 WESTON ART SHOW WINNERS
Major Prize – Platypus in June by Les Elvin
Regional Art Prize – The Long Hot One by Michele Heibel
Watercolour – Chioggia Serenity, Venice Lagoon by Hugh Cross
Traditional – Sale Yards by Gaye Shield
Still Life – Still Life (on Hermitage Road) by Michele Heibel
Flowers – Poppy Explosion by Deanne Newland
Pencil, Pen or Ink on Paper – Where’s the Hay by Deanne Newland
Miniature – New Life by Christine Hogan
Indigenous – Waterhole Gathering by Vicki Purvis
Religious/Spiritual – Into the Light by Verona Lucas
Scenes from Weston – Walking the Dog by Jennifer Dimmock
Junior Youth – Dreaming Time by Ryan Lewis
Youth – Stripes by Eloise Rossiter
Senior Youth – Echidna by Madison Lee