The inaugural Towns of Murals Art Show attracted more than 200 entries, which are on display at Kurri Kurri Community Centre until Tuesday.
The winners were announced at the opening ceremony on Saturday, with the major award – the Cessnock City Council Prize – going to Joanne Conder for her work Forest Light.
Art show judge Margaret Sivyer OAM, commented on the high quality of the entries, and praised the artists for their creativity and skill.
Category winners were:
Traditional – Wednesday’s Child by Susanne Gorring
Contemporary – Exotic by Rene Brager
Aboriginal – Sunrise by Vicki Purvis
Watercolour – In the Rain by Yvonne Barnett
Miniature – House by the River by Gaye Shield
Still Life or Flowers – From my Garden by Eugenia Dunlevie
Senior Youth – first prize, Ariel Dreaming by Abby Ussher; second, Green Tree Frog by Matilda Brown; third, Wandering Girl by Ebony Cannon.
Youth – Japanese Dragon by Ryan Lewis
Junior Youth (joint winners) – Home by Mekari Trevor Pattern; Spiderman by Chantelle Gray; The Past and the New by Luca Heibel
Organising committee spokesperson Graham Smith said the committee and Towns With Heart Inc expressed their sincere thanks to corporate and individual sponsors whose generous contributions allowed the inaugural show to be staged with such a short lead-time.
The Town of Murals art show is open at Kurri Kurri Community Centre on Monday until 6pm and Tuesday from 10am to 2pm.
September is Mural Month in Kurri Kurri, with special offers for mural tours throughout the month. Call the Kurri Kurri Visitor Information Centre on 4936 1909 or go to www.visitkurrikurri.com for more information.